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Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster Rebirth

Post by koimaster » January 12th 2021, 5:37pm

The world of dive watches is immense… so much so that we sometimes forget that during the 1960s there were hundreds of brands and watches available. Some, of course, acquired cult status; some fell into oblivion. Others, however, are still known and collected by a niche group of enthusiasts. We’ve seen this recently with Aquastar, for instance. Another brand that was recently revived is Nivada Grenchen. Following the launch of the Chronomaster, the brand revives the Depthmaster “Pac-Man” along with a second version of the watch with Arabic numerals.

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Nivada was founded in 1926 by Jacob Schneider in Granges (Grenchen). In 1930 Nivada was one of the first companies to manufacture automatic watches. This led to the creation of Nivada’s first waterproof automatic watch called the Antarctic in 1950. The watch was worn by members of the American Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 during their expedition to the South Pole from 1955 to 1956. Among numerous models, the most widely known is the Chronomaster, a chronograph with 200-metre water-resistance. It came in three distinct formats: Chronomaster, Aviator and Sea Diver. In 1964 the Depthomatic became the first diver’s watch with a depth indicator or bathymeter.


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Re: Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster Rebirth

Post by jason_recliner » January 13th 2021, 6:24pm

koimaster wrote:
January 12th 2021, 5:37pm
The world of dive watches is immense… so much so that we sometimes forget that during the 1960s there were hundreds of brands and watches available. Some, of course, acquired cult status; some fell into oblivion. Others, however, are still known and collected by a niche group of enthusiasts. We’ve seen this recently with Aquastar, for instance. Another brand that was recently revived is Nivada Grenchen. Following the launch of the Chronomaster, the brand revives the Depthmaster “Pac-Man” along with a second version of the watch with Arabic numerals.

BACKGROUND

Nivada was founded in 1926 by Jacob Schneider in Granges (Grenchen). In 1930 Nivada was one of the first companies to manufacture automatic watches. This led to the creation of Nivada’s first waterproof automatic watch called the Antarctic in 1950. The watch was worn by members of the American Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 during their expedition to the South Pole from 1955 to 1956. Among numerous models, the most widely known is the Chronomaster, a chronograph with 200-metre water-resistance. It came in three distinct formats: Chronomaster, Aviator and Sea Diver. In 1964 the Depthomatic became the first diver’s watch with a depth indicator or bathymeter.


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Re: Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster Rebirth

Post by TemerityB » January 14th 2021, 6:23pm

Slightly off topic: There are divers and other watches marked "Croton Nivada Grenchen" from decades past. I don't know how that happened or even what it means. But they actually sell for some eye-popping prices on the vintage market.


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This new thing? I'd rather wear a Swiss Legend - and this looks like a $50 watch, too.
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Re: Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster Rebirth

Post by gerdson » January 15th 2021, 6:11am

Croton was a separate brand, but did import and sell Nivada watches on the US market. Some are branded "Croton", some "Croton Nivada" - as always this is a bit inconsistent.
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