ETERNA KONTIKI BRONZE MANUFACTURE LIMITED EDITION 1291.78.49.4122: HANDS ON

Today, we had the unique opportunity to go hands on with one of the industry’s most exciting releases of the year: The Eterna Kontiki Bronze Limited Edition 1291.78.49.4122. Initially, this model was introduced at Baselworld 2017, however no retailer was able to actually acquire any to sell until early 2018. We at Arizona Fine Time were extremely lucky to acquire 10 of these models, with only 300 produced for the entire world. Let’s take an in-depth look at what the Eterna Kontiki Bronze really has to offer to the consumer.

The Kontiki Bronze Limited Edition was produced to commemorate the announcement & 70th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kontiki Expedition. Heyerdahl sailed from Callao to Polynesia with a crew of six men and almost no supplies. The crew relied on Pacific winds and currents to propel them all the way to Raroia in French Polynesia. On each crew member’s wrist was an Eterna watch, contributed by the company specifically for the expedition. Upon reaching Raroia, all crew members were pleased to discover their pieces were running as smoothly as ever, unaffected by water, moisture, salt corrosion, and temperature variations. Now that we’ve covered a bit of the backstory, let’s get down to the watch itself.

The Kontiki Bronze boldy presents itself in a 44mm bronze (copper and tin) case, and uses an alloy without aluminum, making it more resistant to turning green like so many bronze pieces do in such little time. A charcoal gray, granite-patterned dial provides incredible contrast to the triangular luminescent (Super LumiNova) hour markers at each quadrant on the piece. I imagine this will provide an extra “leg up” to anyone taking this piece on a dive, or just sporting it in complete darkness.

While on the subject of diving, the Kontiki Bronze has a water-resistance of 200 meters, and a unidirectional rotating bezel adorns the dial with a no-decompression limits scale, giving any diver a useful aid in the event their diving computer malfunctions. This scale signifies the exact amount of time a diver can spend at a particular depth before having to decompress.

When you really take the time to carefully examine the Kontiki Bronze, you’ll find this watch also doubles as a utilitarian piece, not only because of it’s decompression scale and ultra-contrasted legibility, but also because of the tack-stiched, tastefully rugged brown leather strap. Tack-stitching provides additional durability, safeguarding the band from potential wear or added stress. It’s indeed a practical feature, but also provides an almost accidental asthetic that comes off as quite pleasing, especially at a quick glance. The strap measures out to 22mm with a bronze pin buckle that has Eterna logo in mid-matte black.

The Eterna Kontiki Bronze contains an in-house 3902A automatic movement that beats at 28,800 bph and contains a power reserve of 65 hours. This Caliber 39 movement is part of a unique family capable of everything from a manual time-only, to a GMT, to a triple date chorongraph, and more! There are 88 total permutations in the Caliber 39 family, and it’s all thanks to Eterna’s master watchmakers in Grenchen, Switzerland.

For a bronze Swiss Diver with an in-house movement, the $2,950 price point is really a no-brainer. In all, The Eterna Bronze Kontiki Diver is a piece that far surpasses expectations and passes the taste test with flying colors. With only 300 produced for the world, it’s strongly recommended that you secure your piece sooner, rather then later. Any of our Arizona Fine Time watch experts at will be happy to help with any questions you may have. Call us now! 1-800-486-3996

Mühle-Glashütte 29er Zeigerdatum

Arizona Fine Time is proud to offer the Mühle-Glashütte 29er Zeigerdatum, an intriguing new release which roughly translates to “pointer date”.  “A day at the sea, even at your desk” is what Mühle boasts with this enthralling new piece. Much like their marine chronometer, and timing systems, Mühle-Glashütte wristwatches are measuring instruments, with three core goals when designing a piece: Precision, reliability, and perfect readability.  This humble boutique German brand started in 1869, quickly becoming one of the leading manufacturers of nautical instruments, and later expanding to other measuring devices like speedometers used by Maybach, and BMW. The sailing 29er style found in this model pays homage to the brands rich heritage.

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At first glance, you notice the soft blue-grey flange of the inner bezel displaying the date, and a striking cardinal red second hand housed in this classic rugged 42 mm case.  The motor itself is powered by a signature Mühle movement, a modified Sellita SW 221-1 with a 38 hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 100 meters.  Mühle-Glashütte takes the SW 221-1 movement, and adds their own woodpecker neck regulation developed in 2003 in order to ensure accuracy in even the toughest conditions and enviroments.  The woodpecker neck spring is designed to prevent the regulator arm from being able to move upwards by slotting into a semicircular depression in the regulator, making this piece almost completely shock proof, a resourceful feature regarded as very unique in the world of automatic watches.

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The case is a combination of brushed and polished German Stainless Steel, and has an anti-glare coated sapphire crystal.  Fitted with a stainless steel strap, and butterfly clasp, this piece also comes with an alternative blue textile band that gives the Zeigerdatum a completely separate appearance, and in a way, presenting itself as a completely separate timepiece altogether.

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The 29er Zeigerdatum is priced at an affordable $2199.00, making it challenging to  find another brand that can match the unique fit and finish that Mühle offers at this price point. Mühle-Glashütte continues to impress with this extraordinary and original new release known as the 29er Zeigerdatum. Please feel free to contact Arizona Fine Time’s watch specialists at 1-800-486-3996 for any questions about the Mühle-Glashütte 29er Zeigerdatum or any other fine time piece. Visit ArizonaFineTime.com to purchase this piece today.

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