Croton Nivada Grenchen Aquamatic
$ 675.00

Croton Nivada Grenchen Aquamatic

Part of our raison d'etre here at 10:25 Vintage is to shed some light on little known watches and brands that, for some reason or another, are overlooked or underrated. The world of vintage timepieces is truly vast, and even in the era of the internet, there are still a ton of brands that fly under the radar of the average collector or enthusiast- for now.

Nivada is one such brand that is only starting to catch the attention of the community as a whole. Nivada traces its roots back to the year 1879 and the horological hotbed of Grenchen, Switzerland (still home to the likes of Breitling, ETA, and Etena among others). Thanks to a trademark lawsuit (because Nivada sounds like Movado, right?), they were commonly branded under the Croton name in the U.S., a nod to their North American distributor in Upstate New York.

Nivada offered a full line of superbly made timepieces from simple time-only pieces to professional grade aviation chronographs. A Nivada (aptly named the Antarctic) could even be found on the wrists of explorers to the South Pole during Operation Deep Freeze in the late 50's. Thanks to their legal situation, the exact same pieces can be found branded as Croton, Nivada, Nivada Grenchen, or Croton Nivada Grenchen, causing some confusion.

This particular piece, from their Aquamatic line, is just one example of Nivada at their best. While many Aquamatics have large markers and art-deco style numerals, this variant is notable for its minimal, Bauhaus-eque aesthetic thanks to its slender hands and hour markers, uncluttered dial, and handsome 34mm case.

No matter what name is on the dial, vintage Nivada timepieces like this one offer a lot of value in some pretty enticing packages.

Details

Chrome plated case is approx. 34mm (excluding crown). ETA 2375 movement signed by Croton. Circa 1960's.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition over all with very light wear from age and no plating loss. Dial and hands are in excellent condition. Screw-down caseback and unsigned crown.

Includes 18mm black leather strap.

SKU: TT01058.

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