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    Difference between Croton and Nivada

    Hey all,
    I have been fielding many questions as of late, in regards to the association, or lack of, between Croton and Nivada. I will give my best input, and if anyone else would like to input their information, or correct me on mine, that would be greatly appreciated.
    Through my research, I have found that the two are related, how much so is still a question. They have many similar models, but most of the time are cleverly model name different. They have almost identical movements, with the exception of markings. The biggest being that the Croton watches have the COW or JXH swiss codes, where I have yet to see a Nivada with a Swiss code, unless it has been applied to import to the US.
    Which makes me determine, from my best guess, that Croton was primarily a American based product, whereas the Nivada is European based. I base this also on the number of Croton's for sale in each market.
    I have not yet narrowed down production numbers on both products, which will be interesting once it gets determined. The Croton line has produced many more different models than the Nivada line. And my research does not include any after the Croton name was changed into the Croton Time Corp. in 1978.
    I will just add in conclusion I will add for comparison, a Croton Aquamatic, and a Nivada Aquamatica, they both use the Brevet clamshell cases, and other than the second hand placement and movement markings, are identical.



    I look forward to hearing everyone's input.

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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    Going by what's in Wikipdia, Nivada were a company that actually had to sell under the brand name "Nivada Grenchen"to avoid phonetic clashes and misinterpretations with "Movado". They founded "Croton" in the US as their distributor so that "Croton" were owned entirely by Nivada and the similarities between the two are hardly surprising.

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    I have noticed though, the surprising lack of movement markings on the Nivada movements, as compared to the Crotons. And I only have one Nivada to compare to a Croton, but the Nivada lines from what I have seen, look to be a substandard quality in the movement, at least it looks as much. I'm sure they are quality, maybe I'm just too used to the Crotons.

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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    Not to dispute your claim, but by what metrics are you using to evaluate the quality of the movements? Timekeeping accuracy? Serviceability?

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    I own a few old Crotons and look at this. A Croton Nivada Gretchen ! This is before I cleaned and oiled it and I tell you what I can wear this 5 days and never have to wind it and it will only be off time by 30-45 seconds and I am by no means real watchmaker. Such a fine watch to get for under 20 dollars the brand is undervalue in my opinion!


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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    Quote Originally Posted by cchen View Post
    Not to dispute your claim, but by what metrics are you using to evaluate the quality of the movements? Timekeeping accuracy? Serviceability?
    I'm basing it primarily on aesthetics, seeing that I only have one model of Nivada, and 250 different models of Croton. Many of the Nivada movements I have viewed online though, seem to look cheaper in material manufacture. Again, I am not disputing that Nivada's are a quality product, just a visual comparison.

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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyNorton View Post
    I own a few old Crotons and look at this. A Croton Nivada Gretchen ! This is before I cleaned and oiled it and I tell you what I can wear this 5 days and never have to wind it and it will only be off time by 30-45 seconds and I am by no means real watchmaker. Such a fine watch to get for under 20 dollars the brand is undervalue in my opinion!


    They are great watches IMHO, and very underrated indeed! I wear one of my many just about every day, and never worry about accuracy issues.

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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    I'm actually wearing my Sunday finest right now....

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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Going by what's in Wikipdia, Nivada were a company that actually had to sell under the brand name "Nivada Grenchen"to avoid phonetic clashes and misinterpretations with "Movado". They founded "Croton" in the US as their distributor so that "Croton" were owned entirely by Nivada and the similarities between the two are hardly surprising.

    Hartmut Richter
    Not to dispute Wikipedia, but I have many Croton models that pre-date their claim of Croton starting in 1940. The JXH line goes into the mid 1920's. Now is it the same Croton?

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    Re: Difference between Croton and Nivada

    I cannot believe that the Nivada movements were in any way inferior to their Croton-labeled counterparts.

    Here is a link to a summary of the history of the company, couched in a longer focus on their excellent chronographs:

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