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    1963 Croton Nivada "CHRONOGRAPH AVIATOR SEA DIVER" first model

    Hi all,

    just a quick post on this first model Nivada Chronomaster from 1963, from before they were labelled Chronomaster

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    They all featured the Venus 210, which is a 12.5" chronograph movement, but has some nice features such as not using wire springs. It's a pretty uncommon movement and parts supply is weak.

    EDIT: OK, thanks Dan, also came with a Val 92.

    This one has been in my todo draw for a long time, waiting on a few parts to come together - this is as close to a before photo as we're going to get:

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    I think its sufficient to say that the dial, movement and movement ring, came separately from the case - finding the exactly correct case was unlikely and the finding of it, unplanned (it came in a collect of watchmaker's chronograph cases/junkyard) and something I never thought would happen. Once it did - full speed ahead!

    Well, OK, actually 3 more years of sitting in a drawer.

    Movement service:

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    Running

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    The pushers in the case were stuck and damaged. To my eye it looks as if someone attempted to remove them with side cutters! Anyway, the size of 4mm head and 2.6mm friction fit is extinct, so I made bushes to fit standard 4mm head with 2.2mm fittings. This is a progress photo, with the original on the left.

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    Cased:

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    The new lume on the hands is not a good match, but I can't match the water damage effect from the dial lume, and I do not want to relume the dial. So this is a choice I am happy to live with. I will continue to look for the right sub dial hands.

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    Nivada crown

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    Yeah, I'm pretty happy, its not perfect but it is joyfully wearable.

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    You can find some more information on these at:

    Croton Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver - Cal.Venus 210

    https://shop.hodinkee.com/products/1...nt=31134177732

    It joins my later (3rd gen) Val 23 powered version in my collection (ugh! It is so hard taking photos of black dials, using an iPhone isn't helpful):

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    Re: 1963 Croton Nivada "CHRONOGRAPH AVIATOR SEA DIVER" first model

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Hi all,

    just a quick post on this first model Nivada Chronomaster from 1963, from before they were labelled Chronomaster

    They all featured the Venus 210 ...
    Here's one with a Valjoux 92.
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    Re: 1963 Croton Nivada "CHRONOGRAPH AVIATOR SEA DIVER" first model

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Well, tickle me surprised. Thanks for the correction.

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    [Edit: Sorry, never mind.]
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    Re: 1963 Croton Nivada "CHRONOGRAPH AVIATOR SEA DIVER" first model

    very nice restoration job. There was even a version fitted with the vajoux 234 with the date at 12 as far as I can remember
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    Re: 1963 Croton Nivada "CHRONOGRAPH AVIATOR SEA DIVER" first model

    Quote Originally Posted by georges zaslavsky View Post
    very nice restoration job. There was even a version fitted with the vajoux 234 with the date at 12 I think
    That was the later chronomaster wasn't it? I don't much appreciate the look of a date at 12, but it is certainly an interesting thing.

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    Just beautiful. I enjoy those big arrow hands!
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    That was the later chronomaster wasn't it? I don't much appreciate the look of a date at 12, but it is certainly an interesting thing.
    Yes it was and it had baton hands, probably introduced in late 1969 early 1970
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    The perfect example of patience is virtue! Nice!
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    Owned one of these back in 2001 which I got off Ebay. Little clean and off to another owner a month later

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