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Why We Love It
Here at Analog/Shift, we try to spread the love and shine some light on the lesser-known watches and brands - especially when those watches house workhorse movements like the Valjoux 72.
Coming in at 38mm, this stainless steel Croton chronograph oozes vintage charm. Featuring a reverse panda dial with wonderful even patina, the red seconds hand offers strong accenting. Its a beautiful example of a classic sports chronograph. But the beauty is not merely skin deep, because this sports chrono is powered by the legendary Valjoux 72 - considered by many to be the finest manual winding chronograph movement ever made.
Fortunately, you don't have to be sitting at auction, paddle at the ready, with a few hundred thousand dollars in the bank to own a piece of watch making history!
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 Croton timepieces offer a lot of value in some pretty enticing packages.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding the crown). Valjoux 72 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous matte black reverse panda dial is in excellent condition with evenly patinated indices and matching handset. Unsigned crown. Caseback shows light tool marks.
Includes black leather strap with steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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