Vintage Croton Aquamatic - request for info

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    Vintage Croton Aquamatic - request for info

    Hi there!

    I'm developing my understanding and appreciation of watches, and would be grateful if anyone would share their views on Croton.

    I've come across a mint Croton Aquamatic that's said to be about 30 years old. I don't know anything more about the piece at this stage, other than the following photo. I think that it looks quite elegant, but I'm a little wary.

    Is anyone familiar with this watch and would you have an idea of its value? I would like to ask for more details about the watch, but thought that a good start would be to see what the picture itself reveals.

    Thanks very much!

    Alan
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    Re: Vintage Croton Aquamatic - request for info

    We tend not to give evaluations here on WUS, read the stickies on our Vintage Watches forum to get to know why. Check ebay for references, Croton watches show up on a reg. basis.

    BTW: The Croton Watch Co. was the US distributor of Nivada, also
    known as Horowitz & Son Inc./New York. The cooperation of Nivada and
    Croton was so close that all three "Nivada", "Croton" and "Croton
    Nivada" have been brought to the US market.

    In 1976 Nivada celebrated it´s 50th anniversary by launching a
    very special catalogue. Forced by the quartz crisis Nivada closed down.
    The trademark was sold lateron (maybe to Asia/China/HK - I don't know)

    You will find a lot of info re Nivada on our Vintage Watches forum like this one copied for your convenience:

    Nivada was founded in 1925 at Grenchen/Switzerland known as Wüllimann
    Schneider Nivada S.A.
    Nivada never made the step to produce own (in-house) movements. Instead
    of developping own movements Nivada relied on buying proven and
    reliable moverments from ETA and Phénix S.A. (Porrentruy/Switzerland).
    Nivada was known for producing an overall good quality. Some of their famous watches have been
    + "Rollamatic" (some named "Rollador") with cal. Phenix 200
    + "Reglavit", a waterresistant watch, to regulate the watch you had to
    use a screw in the back of the watch so you had not to open the case
    which was important to it´s waterresistance
    + "Antartic", a three hands watch with date indication
    + "Depthmaster", waterresistant to 1000m (the case was similar to
    Panerai)
    + "Depthomatic" , fitted with ETA 2472, 200m waterresisant
    + "Alertamatic", alarm watch with Lemania 2980, very similar to Omega


    Croton as a brand is still around. Of course not the same brand as in the good old times of
    Swiss watchmaking.
    Last edited by stuffler,mike; March 18th, 2013 at 10:41.
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    Re: Vintage Croton Aquamatic - request for info

    Thanks Mike - I appreciate the guidance and etiquette tip. :)

    Alan

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