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. They decided in the US market to use Croton or Nivada Grenchen instead. The Aquadatic was introduced in the 1950s where it was advertised as “Man-of-Action styling” Certified Waterproof, Shock/dust resistant, and Antimagnetic.
This 1960s Nivada Aquadatic has a rose gold plated case with high polish surfaces. The case chamfered edges gently curve to your wrist making it very comfortable. The bezel is polished and bevel-edged holding a domed acrylic crystal. A silver sunburst dial with applied baton gold hour markers. At 3 o’clock a framed date window. Dauphine hands and a sweeping seconds hand complete the dial. Text is minimal with Nivada Aquadatic at 12 o’clock and 21 Rubis (Jewels) at 6 o’clock. On the back, we have a stainless steel screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic ETA 2452 21 Jewel 18,000 Beats per hour. Fitted on a 17mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Nivada box or Nivada paperwork. The watch comes paired on an aftermarket 17mm leather strap. The watch is dated to Circa. 1960s and as you would expect with any watch of this age it does have signs of wear, some of the gold plating on the lugs is starting to come away, the dial and hands are also showing some signs of age, but overall it is in nice original condition for its age. The crown was replaced at some point with a yellow gold plated crown, in person the difference isn't as noticeable as some of the photos show it to be. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Nivada, a brand that is massively underrated and I believe is another sleeper in the vintage world, but not for much longer. With the brand coming back and making watches again and reintroducing some of the iconic vintage models, it won't be long until we see some design language from models like these comeback, or maybe even this exact model? Who knows, but why wait to find out?! Don't let the 32mm case size put you off, it wears beautifully on the wrist and feels more like a 34mm.
Movement : Automatic ETA 2452
1961/1970Specific Age :
Case Size : 32mm
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Case Material :
Rose Gold Plated
Service History :
12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty