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Here at analog/shift, we try to spread the love and shine some light on little-known watches just as often as we extoll the virtues of those built by the big brands.
Frankly, when it comes to vintage timepieces, there is a LOT of crap out there, but there are absolutely some diamonds in the rough, some stories that haven't yet been told, and some great stuff that virtually no one cares about - yet. Nivada is a brand many collectors have encountered along the way, but widespread interest has yet to take hold. Commonly distributed in the United States under the Croton name (to avoid trademark conflicts), Nivada was based in the village of Grenchen, Switzerland, with roots dating back to 1879. Sold in 2000 and relocated to Mexico, the Nivada name is still in business today, but sells entry-level timepieces unworthy of further discussion. With designs ranging from professional-grade divers to aviation-oriented chronographs, vintage Nivada timepieces offer a lot of value in some pretty enticing packages.
This particular piece, a simple three-handed automatic is just such a package. With a 34mm steel case reminiscent in design of the Oyster or even Genta's Polerouter, this particular piece features an ETA 1256 and a lovely matte white Explorer-style dial.
An underrated beauty if there ever was one.
For more information on Croton Nivada, check out this posting by Grail Watch, HERE.
Steel case is approximately 34mm (excluding the crown). ETA 1256 Automatic movement.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition over all, with only light wear from age and use. Dial is in very good condition with even patination and light blemishes near 7:00. Unsigned crown.
Includes green Phalanx strap and selection of 18mm Nylon Straps by Crown and Buckle.