Vintage 1962 Nivada Grenchen Antarctic Chronometer with Vintage Ad - SOLD!
The watches listed for sale at this time are part of a collection assembled over
a period of several years by one of my longest-tenured clients. He has asked me
to sell these pieces on his behalf. I have personally serviced or restored every
watch in the collection.
This watch is certainly the “pick of the litter” from my client’s collection. It
is a very rare Nivada Grenchen Antarctic model Officially Certified Chronometer in
Excellent condition. A Swiss company, Nivada Grenchen was affiliated with New-York
based Croton and the companies had distribution deals to market each other’s products.
Of the two, Nivada Grenchen manufactured higher quality watches. The Antarctic
model was offered in stainless steel, gold cap-over-steel, or solid gold but, like
this watch, all models featured a silver-grain finished butler dial, beautifully
complemented by hands and dial markers of solid 18K rose gold. The center of the
stainless steel screw back is adorned by Nivada’s solid 14K yellow gold Antarctic
seal. The case measures 40mm lug to lug by 35mm across including crown. This watch
achieved its chronometer rating with a highly adjusted ETA Caliber 2472 automatic
movement, which features 17 jewels, rhodium plating and of course, that chronometer
rating. This is the same movement used by Bucherer and other companies of that era
to achieve chronometer-grade time. My client notes that it is his most accurate
vintage timepiece, needing to be reset only once/month. It comes on a slightly
worn 18mm brown genuine lizard strap.
The watch is accompanied by a framed magazine advertisement of the Nivada Grenchen
Antarctic Chronometer. Interestingly, Nivada’s MSRP of $99 for this watch in 1962
is about $700 today - this was not an inexpensive timepiece. The only way this
package could be any better is if it came with the original box and observatory