|Date/Report Number ..032613.FN698HY.04 Item: 1942-17-JEWEL-WALTHAM-ORD- DEPT-MILITARY-WATCH|
|Description of item: VINTAGE CROTON COMPENSAMATIC MILITARY WATCH
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $579.00
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READY TO WEAR
Restored & Overhauled
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
[THE FIRST HISTORICAL COMPENSAMATIC]
NEAR MINT CONDITION
4 SCREW PULL DOWN
29.8 X 33
WIRE LUG STRAP
IN 1938 THE BRITISH NOTIFIED THE SWISS WATCH INDUSTRY THAT THEY WERE BUYING WRIST WATCHES; THAT NO TESTING WAS NECESSARY. THEY HAD A SIMPLE FACT SHEET. A COMPANIES ONLY REQUIREMENT WERE PRETTY SIMPLE, SUCH AS 15 JEWELS, WATER PROOF, AND A FEW OTHER SIMPLE CRITERIA. CROTON WANTED TO PARTICIPATE.
CROTON DECIDED TO BUILD A COMPLETELY SEALED SINGLE CASE SYSTEM WRIST WATCH AS A CANDIDATE FOR MILITARY USE. THE PROBLEM THAT CROTON FACED WAS THE WYLER COMPANY.
WYLER HELD PATENTS ON THE BEST WATER PROOF CASE DESIGN. THEIR WYLER SINGLE CASED, CRYSTAL SEALED, TWO PART STEM CASE SYSTEM WAS THE BEST IN THE WORLD. BETTER THEN ROLEX. IN FACT, THEIR CASE SYSTEM WOULD DOMINATE THE WORLD UNTIL THE END OF THE MECHANICAL WATCH ERA IN THE LATE 1970'S.
CROTON WENT TO WORK DEVISING AND DESIGNING A CASING SYSTEM THAT WOULD COMPETE WITH WYLER AND MOST OF THE STEEL SCREW BACK DESIGNS.
CROTON CHOSE A SINGLE STEEL CASE IN WHICH THE MOVEMENT WAS FIT.
THEY THEN SEALED THE MOVEMENT BY PLACING A RUBBER SEAL ON THE CASE TOP LEDGES, AND OVER THE SEAL, A "TOP HAT" CRYSTAL. THEY THEN INCORPORATED THE WYLER TWO PIECE STEM SYSTEM.
THEN TO KEEP IT UNIQUE, THEY BUILT A STEEL BEZEL[ WITH LUGS] THAT FIT OVER THE CRYSTAL AND THE CASE.
THEY THEN DRILLED AND THREADED EACH LUG, WHERE THEY UTILIZED HEADLESS SCREWS TO PUSH THE CASE UP AND INTO THE BEZEL.
THE PRESSURE WOULD COMPRESS THE SEAL BETWEEN THE CASE AND THE BEZEL.
THEY THEN ADDED A "COMPENSATING" MOVEMENT AND CALLED THEIR "TECHNOLOGY" "COMPENSAMATIC".
"COMPENSAMATIC" WAS NOT A THING, AN ACT OR A SYSTEM, OR EVEN A TECHNOLOGY, IT WAS A WORD: A TRADE MARK THAT REPRESENTED THE "TECHNOLOGY" THAT WAS "CROTON"/"NIVADA".
CROTON NEVER ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS SELLING MILITARIES WATCHES AS COMPARED TO BULOVA, PHENIX, OMEGA AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS. BUT SOON THE NAMES "CROTON" + "NIVADA" WOULD DOMINATE A NEW MARKET. THAT OF THE SCIENTIFIC AND DIVING WORLD.
NIVADA AND CROTON WOULD BE AS ONE AND COMPENSAMATIC WOULD BE TRADEMARKED IN THE USA IN 1956 BY NIVADA.
COMPENSAMATIC WOULD BECOME KNOW WORLD OVER AS NIVADA AND CROTON BUILT SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED WATCHES IN THE WORLD.
CROTON/NIVADA CHRONOGRAPHS, DIVE WATCHES, AND THE FAMOUS ANTARCTIC WATCHES HELPED MAKE THE WORD COMPENSAMATIC FAMOUS.
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.
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..
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ON May 15, 1956, a U.S. A Gederal trademark registration was filed for COMPENSAMATIC by NIVADA S. A., GRENCHEN , . The USPTO has given the COMPENSAMATIC trademark serial number of 72008349.
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
THIS VINTAGE CROTON IS ONE OF THE FIRST, IF NOT THEE FIRST SINGLE CASED CROTON COMPENSAMATIC
ALL STAINLESS STEEL
SILVER SECONDS CHAPTER
NUMBERS SECONDS EVERY 5 SECONDS
THE CASE IS SIGNED
THE CASE BACK
IS IN FACT
THE MAIN CASE
THE BLACK AREAS
ARE NOT BLACK
THEY ARE WHERE
THE STEEL CASE FITS
INTO THE BEZEL
SEE THE 4 SCREWS?
THEY PUSH THE CASE
INTO THE BEZEL
FOUR HEADLESS SCREWS LOCK DOWNS
HAS BLACK OUTLINED NUMERALS
RAISED ILLUMINATION CENTERS
EVEN THOUGH THE DIAL IS FABULOUS
THE 1941 LEAF HANDS
THAT ARE ASTOUNDING
ONLY FOUND IN THE FINEST
WATCHES OF THE TIME!
HAS A STUNNING CASE
THOUGH THERE IS SOME PITTING
WHERE THE BEZEL
MEETS THE CASE
ON THE BACK
EVERY THING ELSE WAS SIMPLY STUNNING
DO NOT TAKE MY WORD LOOK AT IT
WHAT A COLLECTIBLE
WE KEPT THE 1943
WIRE LUG STRAP
IT IS STAMPED
FINISH HAS COME OUT GREAT
ROCK PERFORMS MAGIC
THIS STRAP LOOKED LIKE
IS WAS MADE IN 1943!
THE HARDWARE IS CHROME PLATED BRASS
THE BUCKLE WAS THE SAME
THE CHROME WORE OFF THE BUCKLE
AND SOME OF IT WORE OFF THE STRAP END FOLDOVERS
THE STRAP IS SIGNED 1943
THE OTHER END 16
THE BUCKLE WAS ONCE
THE METAL IN THE KEEPERS
IS A REPAIR BY ROCK
THE STRAP TONGUE
IS SIGNED 16
CASE WITH OUT MOVEMENT
HERE THE MOVEMENT
IS IN THE
NEW ORIGINAL HAT CRYSTALS
ABOVE IS THE SINGLE CASE
READY FOR CROWN AND BEZEL
WATCH Co INC
hack sweep second
power reserve 30hr
[note on vintage watches actual reserve may vary]
SUB-SECOND REGISTER WAS
FOR A SWEEP SECOND HAND
EXCELLENT - RUNS EXCELLENT
WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:
A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY ON WATCH AND TIMER
693.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL
NOTE: THIS IS A RESTORED TIME PIECE