Nivada Grenchen Antarctic Diver

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$2,950
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$2,950
Automatic
41 MM
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SKU AS09636
Article Number 40991939
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Brown
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 20 MM
Includes Black Tropic Rubber Strap With Stainless Steel Pin Buckle.
overall condition Excellent condition throughout. Case is strong showing factory finishing and light wear consistent with age. Dial and handset have developed a light and even patina.
Automatic
41 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09636
Article Number 40991939
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Brown
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 20 MM
Includes Black Tropic Rubber Strap With Stainless Steel Pin Buckle.
overall condition Excellent condition throughout. Case is strong showing factory finishing and light wear consistent with age. Dial and handset have developed a light and even patina.

Why We Love it

Among the vast world of vintage timepieces, there is no doubt that vintage dive watches hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors, ourselves included. With their simple, clean designs and reliable, robust movements, the tool watches of the 1960s and 1970s were built to accompany the adventurer across the globe and to keep time at its great heights as well as its dark depths.

Given the popularity of the style (even to this day), there are hundreds of interesting variants from dozens of companies. Though these companies all, for the most part, ceased production due to the ravages of the Quartz Crisis, their watches remain — all with a story to tell and a unique take on a tried-and-true theme. Among these, vintage dive watches are some of the most attractive; even when relegated to desk duty, there's just something so right about a vintage dive watch on your wrist.

Nivada (or Nivada Grenchen) should be a familiar name to vintage watch collectors. Their sporty diver's chronograph, the Chronomaster (or even sometimes the Chronoking) Aviator Sea Diver, has been gaining well-deserved traction on the vintage chronograph circuit. But in the 1960s the brand was also a trailblazer in the realm of dive watches, producing handsome examples, even some, such as the Depthmaster, with a groundbreaking 1000m depth rating!

This particular example, an Antarctic Diver, features a 41mm stainless steel cushion case with a bi-directional bezel to monitor elapsed time underwater. Paired with a beautifully domed, period-appropriate, acrylic crystal, the tritium sunburst dial has aged to a warm bronze hue. The matching 'baton' handset and indices have also developed a beautiful, even patina. 

Powered by self-winding movement with a signed rotor, this Nivada is fitted to a black Tropic strap, perfectly suited for deep-sea adventures.

If you're looking for a time capsule to a more carefree time, where exploration was at the forefront of the zeitgeist. This Antarctic Diver will take you there!

Brand Story

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Though many are likely unfamiliar with the particulars of its history, Nivada Grenchen — and by extension, its American distributor, Croton — forms a crucial part of the story of vintage watches. Entrepreneur Jacob Schneider founded the firm in Grenchen, Switzerland in 1926, while his son, Max, took over in 1976. In the United States, their watches were distributed under the Croton name to avoid a trademark dispute.

Early automatic watches in 1930 were followed in 1950 by the firm’s first waterproof model, called the Antarctic, which accompanied the U.S. Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 personnel on an expedition to Antarctica from 1955 to 1956. During this operation, led by Admiral Richard Byrd of the U.S. Navy, Americans first set foot on the South Pole. Further, Deep Freeze 1 cemented Nivada Grenchen’s/Croton’s reputation as a producer of watches for men of action and adventure.

1963 saw the launch of the Chronomaster, a chronograph christened on its dial with three words: “Chronomaster (or, sometimes “Chronograph”),” “Aviator,” and “Sea Diver.” This unique design was aimed squarely at the mid-20th century adventurer, and featured 200m of water resistance, plus a chronograph, a unique count-up dive bezel with additional 12-hour GMT scale, and a regatta countdown timer. (Certain versions also included a date window.)
Other innovative models followed, such as 1964’s Depthomatic, a dive watch with a manual depth gauge. Another timepiece, the Depthmaster, featured a water resistance rating of 1,000m and a quirky case shape that has been christened “the Baby Panerai” by modern collectors. (A certain rare version of this watch, dubbed the “Pac-Man,” is particularly sought-after.)
In what has become a familiar story, Nivada Grenchen folded in the 1980s, but has since relaunched to much fanfare, reissuing new versions of the Antarctic, the Depthmaster, and, most notably, the Chronomaster. (Certain versions have even been fitted with refurbished Valjoux hand-wound movements.) In a sea of modern brands cashing in on the cachet of long-defunct names, this is one example of a company doing vintage reissues right.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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