Nivada, a Swiss watch company, was founded in the town of Grenchen, Switzerland in 1879. They saw success after World War II, producing a series of watches. Nivada was unable to sell under their own name in the United States after the threat of a name-similarity lawsuit by Movado. In 1958 in time for the International Geophysical Year, Nivada supported the US Navy “Operation Deep Freeze” they created a durable waterproof, anti-magnetic watch which they named “Antarctic”. 66 countries declared a year of science. With Admiral Byrd, the watch was worn and subjected to temperature fluctuations of 100 degrees above and 40 degrees below. It was dropped, hit, snowed on and scraped on the ice, it never missed a beat. A testament to the ruggedness of the watch.
Our 1960s Nivada Antarctic was produced after that great expedition of discovery. celebrating the original Antarctic. Its 35 mm stainless steel case has a gentle curve and tapering lugs with polished and brushed surfaces. The beveled bezel holds a domed crystal. A sunburst silver dial with applied baton indexes for the hours. At 3 o’clock a date window. Baton hands have lume infill. Text is minimal with Nivada Automatic at 12 o'clock and Antarctic in an artistic font at 6 o’clock. Inside Automatic ETA 2472 with Nivada Rotar 21 Jewels 18,000 Beats per hour. Fitted on a 19mm grey suede quick release strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Nivada box or original Nivada paperwork. The watch comes paired on an aftermarket grey leather strap with quick release. The watch is from Circa. 1960s and has been professionally polished and a new crystal fitted, the original Nivada crown is present and in great condition. The dial and handset is also original and starting to develop a small amount of patina. The movement has been serviced and this comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Nivada is a brand I've been increasingly seeing appear in front of me and rightfully so, massively undervalued vintage watches but I believe that's changing! A great brand with great history producing great watches, these are still more affordable than most Longines and Omega by a fair bit but offer just as much in my eyes and that is an exciting value proposition!