Before we dig into the history of Croton we must explain the various names that you will hear in connection to the Croton brand. These are Nivada, Nivada Grenchen, Croton Nivada, Croton Nivada Grenchen or really any combination therein. The fact is that any of these names are essentially interchangeable, and were all produced by the same company. The explanation for the various names is simple. Copyright law. Nivada got into trouble with Movado for a phonetic similarity that forced them to add the Grenchen name and use the name Croton in the US.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s talk a little bit about the Nivada brand. Founded in 1926 by Jacob Schneider in Grenchen Switzerland, the company was known for quality mass-produced watches. In recent years the watch collecting community has taken an interest in the Nivada chronometer watches of the 1960’s and 70’s. As interest has grown for those models, other Nivada watches have begun to pique collector’s interest as well. From the Antarctic, the watch that was worn by the members of the American Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 during their expedition to the South Pole from 1955 to 1956, to the Depthomatic and the Aquamatic, Nivada, and all their other named brands, are certainly worth paying attention to.
This Nivada 101 day date fits into a larger unnamed series of watches that Nivada was making in the 1970s. The best way to define these watches is by using the word funky. The two defining features of these watches are ombre dials and shall we say unique case shapes. The silver green dial and oval case of this watch definitely fit the mold. The amazing thing about these watches is that there are a seemingly endless number of variations. A quick google search brings up over 20 different case shapes, and more dial colors than one can count.
The oval case shape leads to a rather large 42mm diameter and the overall case condition is very good. Aside from surface level scratches, there are no faults. A particularly interesting feature of the case is its Rolex like gold colored fluted bezel. Somehow this watch pulls it off.
The Dial and Hands
The silver green ombre dial is in very good condition. It should be noted that the N of Nivada is missing the front part of the applied letter. The dial color is radiant and shows very nicely along the orange second hand and chunky applied hour markers.
This watch features an AS 2066 automatic movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, AS 2066|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|