Nivada Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver
- Nivada signed Valjoux 92 manual-winding pillar wheel chronograph movement.
- 17 jewels, 18.000 A/h, 39 hours of power reserve.
- Stainless steel case with screw-down caseback in good condition with signs of use.
- 38,5 mm (without crown) / 45 mm (lug-to-lug) / 14 mm (thick) / 20 mm (between lugs).
- Winding crown shows intensive wear.
- Bi-directional bezel with hours and minutes scales turning smoothly.
- Super domed acrylic crystal with some scratches.
- Fitted with a new vintage-style brown leather NATO strap.
- Original black dial in great condition.
- Original hands with lume inserts on hours (arrow shaped) and minutes.
A bit of history about the Nivada Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver (extract from Invenit et Fecit)
The 1963 Nivada Chronomaster is typified enough: a black dial, a steel case, a graduated revolving bezel, round push-pieces, and a hand of the hours in the shape of arrow, true means of recognition. These arrow hands were not however new: one had seen them for the first time on a chronograph in 1958 and it was on the Omega Speedmaster, in its first version.
The revolving bezel appeared as early as of the years 1940 on chronographs made by Movado and Breitling. But in its version for diver’s watch, with 60 minutes graduation, it is necessary to wait until 1958 with the Blancpain Air Command and 1959 with the Breitling Super Ocean. The Chronomaster approaches besides design of the Super Ocean: same black dial with only two sub-dials, same arrow hand for the hours and same push-pieces. In the same way, there are no numerals on the dial but hour-symbols.
The revolving bezel of the Chronomaster has a distinguishing mark: it comprises in fact two scales, one of 60 graduations for the minutes and one of 12 for the hours.
The dial is signed “Nivada Grenchen”. In the United States one can find “Croton” or “Croton Nivada Grenchen”.
The dial is black and the sub-dials black or gray. The sub-dials are slightly in hollow, with or without a bevel compared to the remainder of the dial. The minute-register always seems to be of 30 mn and the first 5 minutes are anti-clock wise and are highlighted thanks to a triangle of red color. It is about the 5 last minutes countdown of the departures of regatta.
There is always a tachometric scale at the periphery of the dial, graduated from 600 to 60.
The hands are characteristic: dauphine for the minutes, arrow for the hours, and they are luminescent. Sometimes the hand of the minute-register is also in the shape of arrow. The central hand of the chronograph is sometimes of red color and can then be provided with a luminescent circle. The case, with simple and elegant design, is always out of steel, with a bottom screwed to ensure the watertightness. It is as in this objective as the push-pieces are round.
When will I receive my new vintage watch?
We try to dispatch every order as soon as possible, but in some cases it can take us up to 48 hours to prepare your goods for shipment. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will ship your watch with the Spanish Postal Service (link) and we’ll provide you with a tracking reference as soon as the package is delivered at the Post Office. The average shipment within the EU will take approximately 6 working days.
Is the shipment insured?
Yes. Shipping cost includes insurance equivalent to the price you paid for the watch. It does not include shipping costs.
How can shipping costs be the same when the value of the watches differ?
We take charge of the difference between the cost of the insurance and what we charge you. We calculate shipping costs based on a very low insurance value so we can offer you a simple checkout process. The remaining cost of insurance is deducted from our margin.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, bank wire transfers and Paypal. We rely on Paypal’s secure and trust-worthy platform to manage all credit card payments.
Can I use my new vintage watch as an everyday wearer?
Sure. We only sell watches that are in full-working condition. However you must bear in mind that these are vintage pieces that may be 40, 50 or 70 years old. You can enjoy your new watch regularly under everyday life conditions. We do not recommend wearing your new vintage watch while performing sports or intense physical activities. Also, we cannot guarantee waterproofness in this kind of watches.
Where do you source the watches you sell?
In the land of the magic Unicorns, where everything is joy and bliss. No, seriously, we find most of our pieces at local auctions and flea markets. Some times we discover exceptional watches for sale at specialized forums. Occasionally, they come to us through their former owners who just want to sell them. In the end, we try to bring the most attractive and singular vintage watches to you.
Shipping & Payments
All orders are shipped using Spain’s Post service. You will be provided with a tracking reference number once your order has been shipped. Goods are duly packed and protected to prevent damages.
Please be aware that we may need up to 48 hours to dispatch your orders if they are placed on weekdays. No dispatch on weekends and holidays.
We accept he following safe and trustworthy payment methods:
- Paypal: Pay with credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or with your own PayPal account. You will be redirected to the PayPal website after confirming your order. There you will have to confirm the payment. After the amount has cleared successfully, you will be sent back to our shop and receive an email from PayPal with your payment confirmation. Your order will be processed as soon as we have received the verification of your payment. Our system will email our order confirmation to you.
- Bank wire transfer: If you would like to transfer funds directly from your bank account, please choose this method when processing your order. Once you complete your order, you will receive an email with bank account details. Your order will be processed as soon as we have received the verification of your payment. Our system will email our order confirmation to you.