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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