HANDSOME~60s CROTON NIVADA GRENCHEN ANTARCTIC

HANDSOME~60s CROTON NIVADA GRENCHEN ANTARCTIC

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FOR SALE IS A GNARLY PATINA PERFECT 1960s NIVADA ANTARCTIC AUTOMATIC WITH THE MORE RARE 25 JEWEL MOVEMENT. 

 

CASE: STUNNING ANTARCTIC CASE WITH ROBUST SCREW-BACK MEASURING A NICE 34mm NOT INCLUDING ORIGINAL CROWN BY 42mm LUG TO LUG. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE CASE DESIGNS WITH THOSE SCULPTED/FACETED LUGS.  CASE HAS SOME SIGNS OF WEAR CONSISTENT WITH AGE THROUGHOUT BUT NO EVIDENCE OF HAVING BEEN POLISHED WITH ALL THE ORIGINAL SHARP LINES INTACT. SOME MINOR PITTING ON THE BACK OF THE LUGS. I LOVE THE WAY THIS ONE WEARS NICE AND LARGE DUE TO THE LONG LUG TO LUG LENGTH AND THAT THIN BEZEL/WIDE DIAL. IN MY OPINION, ONE OF THE CLASSIC AND DISTINGUISHING SPORTS WATCH CASES OF THE EARLY TO MID 60s.

 

DIAL: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOW THIS THING HAS AGED. ATTRACTIVE EVEN PATINA ON THAT SILVERY MATTE DIAL WHICH ALMOST HAS THE ESSENCE OF AN OLD PIECE OF PARCHMENT.  I LOVE THE ROBUST ANTARCTIC STYLE APPLIED ARROW/NUMERAL MARKERS WITH THE CRESCENT MOON APPLIED AGED LUME. THE DAUPHINE HANDS ARE NICE AND SHARP AND HAVE AN AWESOME PATINA WHICH MATCHES THAT ON THE MARKERS. THE BLUE'D SWEEP HAND IS A NICE TOUCH. 

 

MOVEMENT: THIS GENTLEMAN RUNS ON A 25 JEWEL ETA BASED AUTOMATIC. THESE WERE EXTREMELY ROBUST MOVEMENTS FOR THE TIME. SERVICE HISTORY IS UNKNOWN ON THIS ONE, BUT IT'S RUNNING STRONG AND KEEPING GOOD TIME WITH STRONG AMPLITUDE ON THE TIMEGRAPHER

 

WATCH IS MOUNTED ON A CUSTOM BLACK GOATSKIN STRAP WHICH WEARS NICE AND SPORTY ON THIS GUY.  THESE NIVADA ANTARCTICS OF THE 60s WERE ON-PAR WITH THE OMEGA SEAMASTERS AND THE ROLEXS OF THE ERA.  STURDY PIECES MADE FOR ADVENTURE. THIS IS A GREAT EVERY DAY WATCH WHICH CAN EASILY DRESS UP OR DRESS DOWN FOR ANY SITUATION.