Help with original strap for vintage Nivada Auto Antarctic Diver

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    Help with original strap for vintage Nivada Auto Antarctic Diver

    I am trying to find an original bracelet/strap to match my late 60s/early 70s Nivada Antarctic automatic diver wristwatch (see pics). Would the original have been a beaded stainless steel bracelet or something else? Right now it has a genetic stainless steel strap

    Look forward to hearing what folks think.

    many thanks,

    Chris
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    Re: Help with original strap for vintage Nivada Auto Antarctic Diver

    Wear parts are usually replaced in watches over the years. Bracelets are wear parts and over 50+ years have usually been replaced. The original OEM bracelets are rarely available and if they are, they often cost a significant portion of the cost of the watch.

    Original advertisements are a good source of 'what was it originally'

    There are a number of makers of new bracelets which may look a lot like the original. WUS has a forum dedicated to bracelets and straps. It has a comprehensive listing of suppliers. Checking there may find something similar... Attachment points (to the case) vary as do clasps. But you should be able to find something that is a good approximation to the original. (Personally I usually switch to straps...) Bon Chance!
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    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Help with original strap for vintage Nivada Auto Antarctic Diver

    if I were you I would fit a rally style strap. as Eeeb said original straps are not that easy to find. However I am sure you could get one custom made to replicate an original but I got a feeling might cost more than the watch itself.

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    Re: Help with original strap for vintage Nivada Auto Antarctic Diver

    Nivada used a lot of seven and/or three row NSA bracelets on their watches, including the Antarctic. I am not sure of the age, so I do not know which that one was likely to have. Three rows started showing up on Rados in around 1968. If your watch is older it would likely have been a seven row.

    This is an NSA seven row:
    20090101_06 by hankblanc, on Flickr

    This is a two tone three row:
    BDL2 by hankblanc, on Flickr

    I prefer the look of the seven row in most cases.

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