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Date/Report Number …..032612R5BY.04 Item:  NIVADA-GRENCHEN-TARAVANA -COMPENSAMATIC -VALJOUX-CHRONOGRAPH
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Description of item: VINTAGE NIVADA GRENCHEN *TARAVANA COMPENSAMATIC VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH *Breath-Hold Diving [Polynesian] 38 X 42 WITH 17 JEWEL VALJOUX 7734 WITH DATE AND AWESOME TWO TONE STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET  CONDITION NEAR MINT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1290.00


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READY TO WEAR
SERVICED
RESTORED
OVERHAULED
STAINLESS STEEL

NIVADA
GRENCHEN
*TARAVANA
COMPENSAMATIC
VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH

*Breath-Hold Diving
[Polynesian]

38 X 42

WITH

17 JEWEL
VALJOUX
7734
WITH
DATE

AND

AWESOME
TWO TONE
STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET


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Nivada/Croton

1926: Nivada was created in 1926 in Granges (Grenchen) by Jacob Schneider.eider as Wüllimann, Schneider, Nivada.

1930's Nivada was one of the first companies to manufacture automatic bumper watches and rustless steel watches [stainless steel]

1940: Launching the brand Croton for the U.S. market.Watches signed Nivada, Croton or carrying the double signature Croton and Nivada Grenchen were in all reality, the same and high quality.

1940's/1950's Nivada/Croton produced some of the most advanced cases and case styles.


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1955, 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 condition waterproof compensamatic automatic watch called The Antarctic.  And, like Bulova would do later during the space age, Nivada 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 temperatures, from dry conditions to wet, yet non failed. This fact would propel the Nivada Antarctic and many other styles and types to the top of the market..

1960's Nivada/Croton becomes leading innovator in the field of extreme condition Chronographs, Chronometers and Water Proof Dive.

1976: Jacob Schneider son Max Schneider was at the head of the company and would celebrate Nivada' 50th anniversary. The quartz watch would be the end of most mechanical watch companies. In the late 1970's, Nivada/Croton was sold. And, by the late 2000s, Nivada was sold again, this time to Omega SA -where it remains today.



NIVADA GRENCHEN
TARVANA
COMPENSAMATIC
CHRONOGRAPH
ADVERTISEMENT

TIME OUT STOP WATCH: KEEP RECORD OF TOTAL ELAPSED TIME

REGULAR STOP WATCH: TIME RACES EXPERIMENTS TO 1/5

DOCTOR/NURSE  WATCH: IDEAL FOR MEASURING PATIENTS PULSE

TARAVANA: TIMING LENGTH OF TIME UNDER WATER

COMPENSAMATIC WATCH: HIGH GRADE SHOCK PROTECTED WATERPROOF

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THIS VINTAGE
1969/1970
STAINLESS STEEL

NIVADA GRENCHEN
TARAVANA
COMPENSAMATIC
VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH
IS
SPECTACULAR

Taravana
Breath-Hold Diving
[Polynesian]

[COST 200.00 TO BUY NEEDING LOTS OF WORK]

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NOTE: DID NOT REALIZE TILL I PLACED THIS OFFER
THAT I MISSED SOME FINISH BUFFING COMPOUND AROUND TOP PUSHER

THIS
NIVADA
VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH
WAS
MANUFACTURED
WITH
DIVING CAPABILITIES

IT'S CASE BACK
CRYSTAL
AND
PUSHERS/CROWN
WERE
DIVE SEALED.

THUS THE NAMES

TARAVANA
COMPENSAMATIC

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NOTE: DID NOT REALIZE TILL I PLACED THIS OFFER
THAT I MISSED SOME FINISH BUFFING COMPOUND AROUND TOP PUSHER

THIS DIAL IS FABULOUS
AND
EXTREMELY RARE
IT IS
GLOSS WHITE
GOLD SUB-DIALS

LEFT IS 60 SECONDS
THIS HAS THE PERPETUAL SECONDS HAND
BLACK HAND AND BLACK HASHES AND NUMERALS

RIGHT IS THE MINUTES COUNTER
IT IS THE TOP RANGE OF CHRONOGRAPHS AT 45 SECONDS
A BLACK HAND WITH ORANGE AND BLACK HASHES & NUMERALS
 

 

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminov

[IT TOOK 3 DAYS USING ORIGINAL NIVADA PLATES TO
RESTORE THIS DIAL TO ORIGINAL CONDITION 100.00]

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SIGNED

NIVADA
GRENCHEN
TARAVANA
T SWISS MADE T

[THE "T" IS FOR TRITIUM WHICH REPLACED RADIUM]

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

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DATE IS SET
BY TURNING HANDS TILL DATE CHANGES AT 12
[TWO COMPLETE TURNS]

TO SET MULTIPLE DAYS

DATE IS SET BY TURNING HANDS TILL DATE CHANGES AT 12
[CLOCKWISE/RIGHT]

NOW TURN REVERSE TILL HOUR HAND IS AT 10:30
[COUNTER CLOCKWISE/LEFT]

THEN FORWARD TO NUMBER 12 AGAIN
[CLOCKWISE/RIGHT]

THEN REVERSE TILL HOUR HAND IS AT NUMBER 10:30
[COUNTER CLOCKWISE/LEFT]

ITS AN OLDER STYLE BUT PRETTY FAST
AND
COMPARED WITH THE ORIGINAL METHOD
OF TURING CLOCKWISE/RIGHT] FOREVER
WELL....

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SILVER-WHITE
RAISED MARKERS
DENOTE HOURS

BLACK HASHES
DENOTE MINUTES
WHITE
WITH & BLACK
DATE WHEEL
IN A
DATE WINDOW
REPLACES
THE 6 MARKER

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ORIGINAL
SILVER
HOUR & MINUTES
HANDS
WITH
BLACK TOP INSERTS
AND
AF-LUMINOVA
CENTERS

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

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NOTE: DID NOT REALIZE TILL I PLACED THIS OFFER
THAT I MISSED SOME FINISH BUFFING COMPOUND AROUND TOP PUSHER

IT TOOK 4 MONTHS
AND
$100.00
TO ORDER
THE RIGHT
HAND MADE
TO
ORIGINAL CONDITION
PUSHERS
AND TO FIND
A CORRECT CROWN TO REPLACE THE
OMEGA CROWN THAT WAS
ON THIS BEAUTY

[100.00 FOR SPECIAL HAND MADE MATCHING ORIGINAL PUSHERS]

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NOTE: DID NOT REALIZE TILL I PLACED THIS OFFER
THAT I MISSED SOME FINISH BUFFING COMPOUND AROUND TOP PUSHER

THIS
1969/70
NIVADA
VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH
SOLID
STAINLESS STEEL
CASE
WAS FASHIONED FROM
A
SOLID BLOCK
OF
STAINLESS STEEL

[HAND REFINISHING 2 HOURS CASE AND CASE BACK]

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AWESOME

NIVADA
VALJOUX CHRONOGRAPH

CASE BACK

WITH AN

ISLAND
WITH
SEA & SKY
&
THREE PALM TREES
&
A SUN

REPRESENTS
NIVADA/CROUTON
HERITAGE
OF EXTREME CONDITION
DIVE AND EXPLORER
WATCHES
ALSO
SIGNIFYING A HISTORY
OF
WATER PROOF
COMPENSATING
WATCHES
AND THE
CONTINUATION
OF
NIVADA
HERITAGE

WITH
THE WORDS

TARAVANA
Breath-Hold Diving
[Polynesian]

&

**COMPENSAMATIC
CASE BUILT TO COMPENSATE FOR  PRESSURES & TEMPERATURE & TRADE MARKED TO COINCIDE
WITH NEW ANTARCTIC STEEL WATER PROOF WATCH CASES


**On Tuesday, May 15, 1956, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for COMPENSAMATIC by NIVADA S. A., GRENCHEN, The USPTO has given the COMPENSAMATIC trademark serial number of 72008349.

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COMPENSAMATIC
SHOCKPROTECTED
87016
STAINLESS STEEL
WATERPROOF

*TARAVANA
*Breath-Hold Diving
[Polynesian]

COMPENSAMATIC
CASE BUILT TO COMPENSATE FOR   PRESSURES & TEMPERATURE

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THIS ALL
TOP QUALITY
STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET
WITH
DOUBLE
FOLD OVER
DIVE CLASP
FEATURES
BLACK ANODIZED
AND
COATED
CENTER LINKS

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THE CASE IS
38 X 42
WITH OUT
CROWN & PUSHERS

BRACELET
FITS UP TO SIZE
SIZE 8

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NIVADA
GRENCHEN
TARAVANA
COMPENSAMATIC

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TOP PUSHER
STARTS AND STOPS
CHRONOGRAPH
CENTER RED
CHRONO  SECONDS HAND

BOTTOM PUSHER
RETURNS
CENTER RED
CHRONO SECONDS HAND
TO NUMBER 12

LEFT SUB-REGISTER
RUNS SECOND HAND

RIGHT SUB-REGISTER
CLICKS OVER
ONE HASH
EVERY COMPLETE TURN
(FROM 1 THROUGH 120)
OF THE
CENTER RED
CHRONO  SECONDS HAND

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A PERFECT MATCH FOR THIS
NIVADA
VALJOUX
CHRONOGRAPH

[NOT THE RINGS LOL]


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NOTE: DID NOT REALIZE TILL I PLACED THIS OFFER
THAT I MISSED SOME FINISH BUFFING COMPOUND AROUND TOP PUSHER

READY TO WEAR!

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READY TO WEAR!

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

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

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AN ORIGINAL NEW CRYSTAL
WAS PURCHASED
WITH
SILVER RETAINING RING

[CRYSTAL 35.00]


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AWESOME CASE RESTORE

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AWESOME CASE RESTORE

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AWESOME CASE RESTORE

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AWESOME DIAL

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AWESOME
DIAL & CASE

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NEW SEAL
AND
SILICONE 7 ADDED

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YOU CAN SEE HOW MANY PUSHERS
AND
THE PARTS REQUIRED
WEE WENT THROUGH
TO CHRONOGRAPH

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THE TWO CAPS
WE ULTIMATELY TURNED AND GROOVED

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CASE WITH THE SCREWING
TUBES AND THE THREADED STEMS
WITH SCREW SLASHES

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HERE IS ONE OF THE OLD PUSHERS
IT IS WORN, SEALS SHOT
AND LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE USED A PLIERS
ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE IT
PUSHER INSTALL & REMOVE TOOL FOR THIS
SIZE PUSHER ASSEMBLY COSTS 100.00

YOU CAN SORT OF UNDERSTAND
WHY THEY TRIED USING A PLIERS

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HERE IS ONE OF THE NEW PUSHERS
LEFT IS CAP, WITH SCREWED STEM
WITH SEALS AND SPRING
THE RIGHT ITEM IS THE SCREW IN THE CASE TUBE
IT HAS THREADED END WITH SEAL AND THE TOP HAS
TINES OR SLASHES THAT MATCH TO THE CAP

[THEY GO FOR 25-35 EACH, BUT CUSTOM LIKE THESE ARE 100 FOR TWO]

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HERE THEY ARE INSTALLED

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BIRMINGHAM DATE MARK

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OVERHAULED
SERVICED
TIMED


NIVADA
Valjoux 7734

Features
manual-wind chronograph
60s, 45min, cam switched
sub second
date set by changing
22:30-24h

Data
14''', Dm= 31.0mm, Do= 31.3mm
H= 6.65mm
F= 1.25mm
T= 2.5mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 45h

 

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DATE IS SET
BY TURNING HANDS TILL DATE CHANGES AT 12
[TWO COMPLETE TURNS]

TO SET MULTIPLE DAYS

DATE IS SET BY TURNING HANDS TILL DATE CHANGES AT 12
[CLOCKWISE/RIGHT]

NOW TURN REVERSE TILL HOUR HAND IS AT 10.30
[COUNTER CLOCKWISE/LEFT]

THEN FORWARD TO NUMBER 12 AGAIN
[CLOCKWISE/RIGHT]

THEN REVERSE TILL HOUR HAND IS AT 10.30
[COUNTER CLOCKWISE/LEFT]

ITS AN OLDER STYLE BUT PRETTY FAST
AND
COMPARED WITH THE ORIGINAL METHOD
OF TURING CLOCKWISE/RIGHT] FOREVER
WELL....

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
PUSHERS CONTR0L CHRONOGRAPH,
STARTS, STOPS, RETURNS TO 12
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