First produced in 1961 under a partnership between Swiss company Nevada SA and American manufacturer Croton Watch Co., the Chronomaster has exploded in popularity in recent years.
Arguably one of the finest, most versatile tool chronographs from the 1960s, its complicated name (Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver) reflects a vast number of functions, from chronograph with tachymeter scale and a sailing regatta countdown, to 200m water resistance and a rotating dive bezel, and even a second time zone (on the bezel). Croton/Nivada pushed these features by advertising the watch to the “athletic-minded and the enterprising” and for “versatile” buyers who were “at the centre of events”.
Fitted with broad-arrow style hands and a Valjoux 23 movement, today’s Chronomaster is a rare, second generation version of the popular chronograph, and a spectacular one at that. With lume that has taken on an almost golden hue, a deep black dial with beveled step counters, and a bezel in fantastic condition considering its tool watch roots, this is an absolutely outstanding example of one of the coolest chronographs ever produced.
We have paired the watch with an alzan nubuck leather Molequin strap to match its stunning patina.
Movement: Manual Wind: Valjoux 23, 17 jewels Movement has been thoroughly inspected and tested, and keeps accurate time. Chronograph starts, stops, and resets smoothly. One year mechanical warranty included. Case: 38mm (not including crown and pushers) Stainless Steel case and back Strap: Molequin Nubuck leather strap in alzan, quick release spring bars (MSRP: €115.00) Overall condition: Stainless steel case is in excellent condition, with some minor marks of wear. Case back looks to have been previously polished. Bezel is excellent, turns smoothly. New acrylic crystal. Black dial is clean, with aged tritium indicators and matching hands that have developed an almost golden hue.