I've got a lovely new piece on the way over from the Auctionata auction today and thought I would share it with my friends here.
This is a Nivada (Grenchen) Antarctic Chronometer from about 1960. Like the famed Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic and Rolex Explorer, this was commemorative of the watches built for Antarctic expeditions during International Geophysical Year, 1957/1958. Nivada is certainly not as well-known (selling as Croton over here in the USA) but their watches are find.
I particularly liked the "snowflake" dial on this particular Antarctic Chronometer. Very lovely, with contrast to the "icicle" markers. The dial reminds me of the Grand Seiko Snowflake, and I see a hint of Jaeger-LeCoultre in the case.
On the back is another treat: A gold medallion depicting an Antarctic research station!
Inside is a chronometer-rated ETA 2472.
Here's a bit more on the Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre Antarctic watches: jlc.watchprosite.com