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Nivada Grenchen Broad Arrow

Post by koimaster » June 24th 2021, 10:51am

Reviving the Glory of Nivada Grenchen

Nivada Grenchen timepieces have been in the watchmaking industry since 1926, the year when Jacob Schneider first created it in Granges (Grenchen). In 1976, his son Max took over the business. In the United States of America (USA), the Croton Company distributed all Nivada Grenchen watches. The timepieces can have either the Nivada Grenchen or Croton signature, or both.

In 1930, Nivada Grenchen was one of the first companies to manufacture automatic watches. This led to the creation of Nivada Grenchen’s first waterproof automatic watch called the Antarctic in 1950. The watch was worn by the members of the American Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 during their expedition to the South Pole from 1955 to 1956.


Since then, Nivada Grenchen has become known for its Antarctic’s robust and reliable performance in extreme conditions. In 1963, the company launched the Chronomaster – a waterproof chronograph up to 200 meters. It had three distinct collections, namely: Chronomaster, Aviator, and Sea Diver.

In 1964, Nivada Grenchen released another breakthrough timepiece – this time, a diver’s watch called Depthomatic. It was the first diver watch with a depth indicator or bathymeter. A year later, another diving timepiece was introduced under the Depthmaster model – a dive watch that could withstand a pressure of 100 ATM or 1000 meters.

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Post by gerdson » June 24th 2021, 2:10pm

Some guys in the Swiss watchtime forum ordered a Chronomaster and were quite pleased.
I have been tempted myself, looking at the traditional handwound version, but am not willing to pay another 25% for VAT, as they sell from Switzerland.
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Post by koimaster » June 24th 2021, 3:53pm

gerdson wrote:
June 24th 2021, 2:10pm
Some guys in the Swiss watchtime forum ordered a Chronomaster and were quite pleased.
I have been tempted myself, looking at the traditional handwound version, but am not willing to pay another 25% for VAT, as they sell from Switzerland.
Route the purchase through a US buyer and have it shipped to you as a used item worth $250
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Post by gerdson » June 24th 2021, 10:30pm

Hehe, thanks a lot. :Thumbsup:
But I could get it sent to my sister's adress in Switzerland, and then visit her to pick it up. It's a long drive, but a bit overdue anyways...
I would not want her to smuggle it.
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Post by smellody » June 24th 2021, 10:55pm

gerdson wrote:
June 24th 2021, 10:30pm
Hehe, thanks a lot. :Thumbsup:
But I could get it sent to my sister's adress in Switzerland, and then visit her to pick it up. It's a long drive, but a bit overdue anyways...
I would not want her to smuggle it.
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Post by gerdson » July 26th 2021, 10:43am

So, I bought one today, "barely used", so I will be spared all the annoying custom and VAT and what not. It has a white dial, which is actually what I had in mind to compliment my vintage ones:
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I don't have it yet, hopefully I will get it by the weekend or so.
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Post by koimaster » July 26th 2021, 10:48am

gerdson wrote:
July 26th 2021, 10:43am
So, I bought one today, "barely used", so I will be spared all the annoying custom and VAT and what not. It has a white dial, which is actually what I had in mind to compliment my vintage ones:
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I don't have it yet, hopefully I will get it by the weekend or so.
Beautiful watch. Well done
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Post by gerdson » August 9th 2021, 3:32am

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I must say, I am pretty pleased with the quality, and anyways they have managed to really capture the looks of the original. Apart from two thing, out of which I personally find one extremely annoying:

- This is the automatic version. I would rather have bought manual wind, as the case is not so thick. Though, with 14,8mm (13,75mm manual wind), and now actually on the wrist, it is absolutely "wearable".
- What does really bug me is the "Double domed Sapphire Glass". I am well aware that today You can barely sell a watch even in lower price categories with an acrylic glas, but I do feel so sorry for people who don't know the warm touch, and in particular the optical advantages. In this case, unless looking straight from above, the "double dome" creates an irritating lense effect at the edge. I bought the watch based on pictures / reviews only, but had I held it in my hands, it might not have passed.
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Post by 3Flushes » August 9th 2021, 11:49pm

Man, that is sweet!

With all the restorations you've done, I reckion you'd know if you could find an acrylic glass for this watch, but, these guys are great and might have something that would work out for your new nod to Nivada's heritage.

A friend found a NOS acrylic glass at G-S for an old Constellation and sent me there to find one for a '56 Bulova. They have a ton of NOS crystals, and they manufacture 1000's of plastic and acrylic replacements for new and vintage watches. Hell, if nothing else perhaps a branded NOS glass would spec out or could be fitted with a tension ring. Your watchmaker could give you the type and dimensions and you could check with them.

At any rate, they are a good resource:

https://www.gssupplies.com/acrylic
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