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Number …..022612.FN7Y. Item:  LONDON IMPORT MILITARY TRENCH WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1955 CROTON NIVADA GRENCHEN AQUAMATIC 32 X 38 W/O CROWN WITH CROTON NIVADA GRENCHEN MODIFIED ETA 2454 17 J INCABLOC MANUAL &AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT WITH BEAUTIFUL 1955 GOLD FILLED EXPANSION BRACELET . CONDITION IS EXCELLENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $645.00


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1955
CROTON
NIVADA  GRENCHEN
AQUAMATIC

32 X 38
W/O CROWN

WITH

CROTON
NIVADA  GRENCHEN
MODIFIED
ETA 2454
17 J
INCABLOC
MANUAL
&
AUTOMATIC
MOVEMENT

WITH

BEAUTIFUL
1955
GOLD FILLED
EXPANSION BRACELET

 

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1926: Founded by Jacob Schneider as Wüllimann, Schneider, Nivada.
1940: Launching the brand Croton for the U.S. market.
1976: The son Max Schneider was still running the company, and celebrated the 50th anniversary.
1988: In an advertisement 1887 was mentioned as founding date.

Nivada was created in 1926 in Granges (Grenchen) by Jacob Schneider. 1940 launched Croton Watch Company for the US market. Watches signed Nivada, Croton or carrying the double signature Croton and Nivada Grenchen were in all reality, the same and high quality.

Nivada was one of the first companies to manufacture automatic bumper watches and rustless steel watches in the 1930's and were a leading company in the 1940's and 1950's in the advancement of cases and case styles, AND Chronographs, Chronometers, Water Proof Dive watches and incredible water proof watches that covered a wide veriety of extreme conditions in the 1960'

 

In the mid fifties Nivada picked up on an Antarctic rage developed from the International Geophysical Year and a subsequent Exploration Campaign of the South Pole, by developing an awesome extreme c ondition waterproof automatic watch called The Antarctic.  And, like Bulova would do later during the space age, gave  an Antarctic Watch to each member and crew of the   American Navy who participated in the US Deep Freeze 1 Expedition in 1955-1956.

The Antarctic Watch was built to resist extreme conditions. The watches worn by the US Navy personal and others who participated in the exploration were exposed to every extreme one could imagine. From 30 plus below to hot temperatrures, from dry conditions to wet, yet non failed.

This fact would propell Nivada, The Antarctic and many other styles and types, to a run that lasted until 1976 when the quartz watch killed the Nivada.

This AQUMATIC is a direct result of the technology gathered in the creation of the Antarctica

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WHAT IS FANTASTIC
IS THAT THIS MODEL
HAS THE
SIGNED
CROTON
NIVADA GRENCHEN
TWO-TONE
PANNED DIAL
WHICH WAS A FIRST ON THE FIREST
EDITION AQUAMATIC WATCHESN

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THE DIAL HAS
TWO COLORS
AND
TEZTURES
OF
GOLD

THE
12 3 6 9
NUMERALS
ARE FINE
LIGHTLY TINTED
GOLD SILVER

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THE
FAMOUS 1950'S  ERA
"ROCKET"
MARKERS
ARE FINE
LIGHTLY TINTED
GOLD SILVER
WITH
LUMINOVA
ILLUMINATION
DOTS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THE
HANDS ARE SILVER
WITH
NEW LUMINOVA
INSERTS

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THE STAINLESS AND GOLD FILLED
EXPANSION BRACELET
ID FANTASTIC
FITE EASY AND SMOOTH
DOES NOT "GRAB"
SEE THE SPRING BAR HOLDERS?
VERY UNUSUAL AND COOL

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THIS BRACELET IS LIKE THE TIMEPIECE
CLEAN SMOOTH
LOOKING NEAR
MINT CONDITION


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I LOVE THE CONNECTORS
AND THE FIRST EXPENSION
LINK. AND THE WAY THE LINKS
CURVE AND MATCH THE WATCH CASE

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LOOKS GREAT WITH MY 3 OZ RING!
RING IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE OFFER


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DID I SAY CLEAN SHARP LUXUSIOUS?


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THIS 1955 EXPANSION BRACELET
FEELS LIKE NOTHING
BUT LUXURY AND SECURITY


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HOW ABOUT ROCK'S REFINISHING?
HI AM TALKING 6 HOURS
WHAT DO YOU RECEIVE PER HOUR?

MOST OF THAT LABOR IS NEVER RECOVERED IN THE PRICE.

EESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ADD
THE WATCH PARTS AND OVERHEAD

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ORIGINAL
NON-REFINISHED CASE
CASE WAS PRETTY MUCH SCRATCHED UP
AND HAD DENTS AND A BEZEL THAT WAS WORN
&
STEEL CASE BACK

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HERE THE CASE HAS BEEN DETAILED
FOR 3 HOURS THEN NICKEL PLATED
TO FILL SCRATCHES PITS ETC
THEN COPPER PLATED
THIS IS ON TOP OF THE
ORIGINAL GOLD

WHAT A BEAUIMG_5003.JPG (49067 bytes)

HERE THE NICKEL IS STILL OMN THE INTERIOR.
THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY USING SHELLECK
OVER THE AREAS THAT DO NOT RECEIVE THE
FINAL PLATING

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HERE THE CASE HAS FINALLY
RECEIVED AN ELECTRO FILLING
OF 24KT GOLD
THIS IS A SLOW
BUILDING PROCESS
RATHER THAN
"FLASH PLATING"

WHICH WEARS OFF FAST

CASE BACK INTERIOR SIGNED
CROTON NIVADA GRENCHEN

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UNLIKE PLATING
ELECTRO FILLING PLACES LAYERS
ON TOP OF LAYERS
TO THE POINT
WE CAN USE
PROFESSIONAL HIGHSPEED
PRESSURE BUFFING
WITHOUT FEAR OF REMOVING
THE NEW FINISH

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AWESOME

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HERE SHE IS ATTACHED AFTER MOVEMENT OVERHAUL

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RADIUM REMOVED
AND
NEW
LUMINOVA
ILLUMINATION
APPLIED

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT
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CROTON
NIVADA SA
GRENCHEN
C2454
MODIFIED ETA

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Features

CROTON
NIVADA SA
GRENCHEN
C2454
MODIFIED ETA
MANUAL & AUTOWIND
SWEEP SECONDS
INCABLOC
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 42h

 

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT 
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