Nivada Chronomaster isn’t as popular as the OMEGA Speedmaster or the Rolex Submariner, yet is considered as an exceptional watch by collectors and amateurs alike (to which we belong).
Why? Simply because it possesses all the great attributes we love on 1960’s chronographs, and that we find truly irresistible.
7 References We Can’t Get Enough Of
We take genuine pride and pleasure here to be able to offer you a selection of 7 different references, manufactured by Nivada with different dial signatures and subtle evolutions for different global markets.
A unique opportunity to have such a wide and varied choice thanks to a single private collector whose timepieces have been made available to us (hence to you).
How about a quick tour?
HIGH SWISS RADIUM (Ref 105/9812)
First up, a rare model with the first version of dials bearing the name “Chronomaster” and no longer “Chronograph.”
Equipped with the famous caliber Valjoux 92, it displays a Broad Arrow hand and a beautiful bezel insert that leans towards blue-grey.
The particularity of this NIVADA GRENCHEN lies in its markers that haven’t been attached to the minute track.
This results in a slightly different proportion to the eye, which will naturally refocus towards the center of the dial. A “small detail” that characterizes the last Chronomaster reference animated by the caliber Valjoux 92.
HIGH T SWISS
The classic “V92” Chronomaster reference distributed in the U.S.A., bearing the name CROTON on its dial.
A watch in beautiful condition all around in terms of case, dial, and bezel.
This is a model that presents both shield logo and the mention NIVADA GRENCHEN.
A particular element matches the stick-shaped hands and the “Lollipop” central seconds hand of this reference. The watch comes with a vintage Beads of Rice bracelet with straight ends made by JB Champion.
The second generation of Chronomaster CROTON is equipped with a caliber Landeron 248, characterized by a chronograph stop and reset function activated by the same pusher at 4 o’clock.
Its stick-shaped hands are in metal here, and the bezel is also slightly different. A larger bezel with bolder typography.
The most recent Chronomaster of the selection has a slightly thicker case due to the Valjoux 7733 caliber used.
Its inverted Panda dial with white counters and 10-minute “Red & Blue” regatta function offer beautiful contrasts.
The flange of the tachymetric scale is cream-colored, the hands are stick-shaped, and the detached markers are applied. Also, you will note a number of evolutions on the bezel, finer, and the typography used, more compact.
Now you should have a pretty good idea of the appeal of this legendary chronograph from the 1960’s, which is now making its comeback.
Especially after the publication of the book “Chronomaster Only” by Anthony Marquié and Grégoire Rossier, which we propose here in French, signed and numbered.
In short, numerous elements we find undeniably attractive for a historical watch that will continue, we hope, to dress the wrists of adventurous and contemplative souls.