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Date/Report Number …..0500614.LWW Item WWII 1944 PACIFIC COMMAND NIVADA GRENCHEN CROTON VINDICATOR AQUAMEDICO
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Description of item: VINTAGE WWII NIVADA GRENCHEN CROTON VINDICATOR WITH THREE STRAPS. FURTHER DISCUSSED IN DETAIL BELOW.
CONDITION NEAR  MINT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $899.00

***DEAD RADIUM PROFESSIONALLY REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH AF-LUMINOVA


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WWII PACIFIC CAMPAIGN
TARAWA

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WWII
1944
PACIFIC COMMAND

NIVADA GRENCHEN
CROTON
VINDICATOR
AQUAMEDICO

STAINLESS STEEL
30.9 X 38
MM
W/O CROWN

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WITH

WWII
FAMOUS
CROTON SIGNED
CROTON
AVIA
17 JEWEL
AS 1187/1194

WITH

ORIGINAL SIGNED WWII LEATHER STRAP
ORIGINAL PERIOD STAINLESS STEEL FLEX BAND
NEW DOUBLE STITCHED OIL SKIN LEATHER STRAP

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WWII CROTON AQUAMEDICO


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IN 1940
NIVADA GRENCHEN
CREATED THE
"CROTON"
COMPANY BRAND
TO INTRODUCE WATCHES
MADE SPECIFICALLY
FOR THE
HIGHER QUALITY DEMANDING
U.S. MARKET

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THE WATCHES NIVADA GRENCHEN INTRODUCED
WERE MORE THAN PERFECT
THEY INCLUDED
PERHAPS
THE FINEST CASE DEIGN
SINCE THE WYLER
BACK IN THE 1930'S

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A SEALED STYLE CASE DESIGN
THAT WAS "WATERPROOF"
COMPOSED OF STAINLESS STEEL
WITH TWO PART STEM
AND 4 SCREWS
THAT PULLED THE
CASE AND BEZEL
  SANDWICHING
A SEAL & HAT CRYSTAL
  BETWEEN THE
BEZEL AND CASE

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A SINGLE STEEL "POT" CASE WITH LONG STEM TUBE
A MOVEMENT W/DIAL & FEMALE HALF STEM FIT INTO CASE
A SEAL WAS PLACED ON THE CASE LEDGE
A "HAT" LOOKING CRYSTAL WAS PLACED OVER SEAL
A STEEL BEZEL W/LUGS WAS PLACED OVER THE TOP
UNDER EACH LUG A HEADLESS SCREW WAS TURNED IN UNTIL THE CASE WAS PUSHED INTO THE BEZEL WITH A SANDWICH EFFECT COMPRESSING THE COMPONENTS AND SEALING THE CASE?
A CROWN WITH DOUBLE SEAL AND THE MALE HALF OF THE STEM
WAS PUSHED INTO THE STEM TUBE WHERE THE MALE AND FEMALE ENDS SNAPPED TOGETHER SEALING THE TUBE AND WATCH

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IF IT WERE NOT FOR A WORLD WIDE WAR
WOULD NIVADA
-- THROUGH THEIR CROTON BRAND --
HAVE SOLD OVER A MILLION WATCHES
IN THE US THEIR FIRST TWO YEARS

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ABOVE ADD HAS A WWII SUB SECONDS
AND A WWII SWEEP SECONDS MODEL

THE FACT IS  THE NEW CASE SYSTEM
--IT ACTUALLY WAS A GREAT SEALING SYSTEM EVEN BY TODAY'S STANDARDS--
ALONG WITH MILITARY ADS
SUCH AS THE ONE ABOVE
CREATED A HUGE DEMAND
FIRST FROM
PROFESSIONALS AND WORKERS
AND THEN FROM
  SOLDIERS WHO INVESTED IN SEVERAL MODELS
INCLUDING THE TWO MOST FAMOUS

THE
CROTON VINDICATOR
AND
CROTON VINDICATOR AQUAMEDICO

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ADD ABOVE IS 1950
FEATURED THE AQUAMATIC

NIVADA GRENCHEN BUILT THE CROTON LINE UTILIZING ETA AND AS EBAUCHES AS WELL AS COMPLETE ETA/AS MOVEMENT WITH HIGH GRADE FEATURES. IN FACT, THE MOVEMENT IN THIS AQUAMEDICO IS FAMOUS FOR BEING UTILIZED IN 10 OF THE TOP END WATCH MAKERS WHOSE TIME PIECES WOULD LAST THROUGH WWII AND ON UP TO OUR TIME.........

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WHILE WWII WAS A HUGE BOOM TO WHAT HAD BEEN A DEAD ECONOMY AND GREEN BACKS FLOWED LIKE WATER THOUGH AN OPEN FAUCET, BY THE END OF 1941, THE AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS WERE ALREADY BEING LIMITED ALONG WITH STEEL, COPPER, BRASS,  PLASTICS AND OTHER MATERIALS. YET THROUGH IT ALL, CROTON GREW BASED ON HOW WELL THEIR WATCHES PERFORMED AND THE FACT THEY HAD PRODUCED A HUGE VOLUME OF COMPLETED SINGLE CASE DESIGNS WITH SEVERAL NAMES.

A NOTE: . AFTER THE WAR, WORD OF MOUTH  WOULD CARRY THE BRAND INTO THE AMAZING 1950'S....

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THIS PRE-OWNED CROTON VINDICATOR AQUAMEDICO MODEL THAT SERVED IN THE PACIFIC.
THIS AQUAMEDICO SERVED ON THE ARM OF A MEDIC IN THE MARINE CORPS. AND HAS SOME AWESOME TRENCH ART................

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THOUGH THE MOST FAMOUS CROTON MAY BE THE 1950'S AQUAMATIC WITH A 360 DEGREE ROTOR, A SIMILAR CASED AUTOMATIC BUMPER CROTON WATCH WOULD BE ADVERTISED IN THE 1940'S.  IT WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST AQUAMATIC [AUTOMATIC] WITH A 180 DEGREE BACK/FORTH BUMPER MOVEMENT.  IT WOULD BE A DECADE MORE BEFORE A 360 DEGREE ROTOR AUTOMATIC AQUAMATIC WOULD ALLOW FOR A SOLID AUTOMATIC WATCH. THUS WHILE THE BUMPER WAS AN AUTOMATIC, AND WAS UTILIZED BY ALMOST ALL COMPANIES EXCEPT ROLEX PRIOR TO 1950,   IT DID NOT AND CANNOT, WITH STAND LONG TERM USE .. WHICH MEANS IT IS COLLECTIBLE-- BUT YOU SHOULD NOT WEAR IT LONG TERM. ,

THIS  IS FOR ONE OF THE VERY FIRST "CROTON" OFFERS EVER, CROTON DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THE CASE, THE DESIGN, THE MODEL NAMES AND THE WAR......

JUST LIKE GRUEN ABOVE, AND OTHER COMPANY ADDS, CROTON CREATED A SERIES OF WATCHES WITH SIMILAR BASIC FEATURES BUT DIFFERENT NAMES, DIAL STYLES AND  CASE SIGNING. YET THEIR ADVERTISING WAS THE MAGNET.

ALMOST LIKE GRUEN IN 1942, CROTON INTRODUCED WAR SOLDIER MEDIC STYLE NAMES SUCH AS THE VINDICATOR AND AQUAMEDICO SERIES...

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THE FIRST VINDICATOR
THAT WHICH WAS OFFERED IN WWII
WAS THE
VINDICATOR AQUAMEDICO

CROTON CREATED NAMES
TO
PROMOTE ALLEGED  SPECIAL DESIGNS
WITH
THE POWER OF LATIN
IN THIS CASE
LATIN WORDS THAT MEANT
SEA WATER VENGEANCE VICTORY
SOLDIERS DOCTORS  MEDICS

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A: VINDICATOR

LATIN

VINDICATOR

vindic.ator          V      1 1 FUT  PASSIVE IMP 2 S    
vindic.ator          V      1 1 FUT  PASSIVE IMP 3 S    
vindico, vindicare, vindicavi, vindicatus  V   [XXXBX]  
claim, vindicate; punish, avenge;
B: AQUA
 
LATIN

AQUA            
aqu.a                  N        1 1 ABL S F                  
aqua, aquae  N  F   [XXXAO] 
water; sea, lake; river, stream; rain, rainfall (pl.), rainwater; spa;

C: MEDICO      

      LATIN

MEDICO                           
medicus, medici  N
doctor, physician; fourth finger of the hand;
medicus, medica, medicum  ADJ   
healing, curative, medical; 
medic.o V      1 1 PRES ACTIVE  IND 1 S    
medico, medicare, medicavi, medicatus  V   
heal, cure; medicate; dye; 

 

 

1944
CROTON
VINDICATOR
AQUAMEDICO
BLACK DIAL
TRIANGULAR LUME MARKERS
NUMERALS

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COMPLETE
WITH
ORIGINAL SIGNED
1944 STRAP IN CENTER
PLUS PERIOD STEEL BRACELET
NEW OIL SKIN STRAP

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TARAWA

THE HANDS ARE STEEL
WITH RE-ILLUMINATED CENTERS
&
A RED ARROW
SWEEPS SECONDS

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RE-ILLUMINATED
NUMERALS &  MARKERS

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TARAWA

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CASE IS
STAINLESS STEEL
WITH
TRENCH ART
IN THE FORM
OF

A MARKSMAN SILVER BADGE

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CONDITION
EXCELLENT TO FINE

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TARAWA

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ACWWII PICTURE ON BOX

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THE ABOVE PHOTO IS ROCK'S TARAWA BOX  FILLED
WITH ITEMS BELONGING TO THE DECEASED RELATIVE OF
A PATRON WHO SERVED IN WWII HIS MEMORABILIA
THIS TIME PIECE CAME FROM THE SAME ESTATE

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TARAWA

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THE BANDS AND TIME PIECE

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TARAWA

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NEW "HAT CRYSTAL"

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GOLD OUTLINED
LUMED
NUMBERS AND MARKERS

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THIS STRAP IS DETAILED AND SIGNED WITH TROOPER'S ID

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HERE IS THE STEEL BEZEL DETAILED

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ABOVE IS A PICTURE OF A CASE BACK ON AN EARLY NIVADA CROTON US EXPORT VINDICATOR AQUAMEDICO

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HERE THE VINDICATOR AQUAMEDICO CASE BEZEL CRYSTAL WITH 1944 TRENCH ART STERLING SILVER MARKSMAN BADGE

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THIS IS THE ACTUAL
ORIGINAL SIGNED STRAP
BEFORE RESTORATION
IT COMES WITH
HIS
STEEL STRETCH BAND
ALSO
AND
A NEW OIL SKIN STRAP
WITH
TOOL
TO REMOVE STRAP.


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YOU CAN SEE THE
CASE SCREWS
ON THE TOP RIGHT
AND
THE NEW OLD STOCK
"HAT CRYSTAL"
ON LEFT
WITH SEAL.
AND
THE TWO PART  STEM
AND
CROWN ABOVE

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BAM

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1944

AS 1187/1194

Features
manual wind
sweep second
Data
10.5''',
15/17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 43h