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Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster 1000 Diver’s circa 1963 “Pac Man”

$3,450.00

Nivada Gretchen Depthmaster 1000, stainless steel cushion shaped diver’s model with heavy and rugged lugs, wide, raised elapsed time bezel, and with dramatic glossy black original dial with patina’d art deco inspired luminous indexes and hands and red sweep second hand. The art deco font has also been referred to as “Pac Man” dial, as the 6 and 9 resemble the beloved Pacman character. Cushion shaped case resembles the design of the popular Panerai dive watches hence the nickname, “baby Panerai.” Featuring heavy screw back case with raised company logo, and large crown for setting and winding. Screwed “pins” for a very secure fitting of the strap. Powered by caliber ETA 2461 self winding movement with sweep seconds.

This sought after model was marketed under the Croton brand in the U.S. and Nivada Gretchen in Europe. Recently serviced, original dial and lume; hands relumed to closely match dial. Original dome crystal shows some mild crazing.

A large and robust, truly great looking model. Shown with a sporty padded fabric strap for a great sporty look. A rarely seen model, with an amazing appearance on the wrist. A favorite of the store owner!

NOTE: an atypical but certainly amusing print advertisement for this model contains the copy: “Wear this watch to dive deeply, scuba safely, sing sweetly (Gurgle Gurgle), chart channels, forage for fish, plunge for pearls, kiss girls and never worry. It’s the world’s most waterproof! And all this for $120.00”

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Additional information

Maker

Nivada Grenchen

Model Name/Type

1000, Depthmaster

Model/Case Ref#

103

Man's / Lady's

Men

Case Serial#

14399

Circa

1960s

Case mm

38 x 47mm

Case Metal

Stainless Steel

Dial & Hands

original patina’d luminous dial

Crystal

Acrylic

Movement Type

Self Winding

Movement Caliber

2451 ETA, 2461 ETA

Crown-Pushers

unsigned crown

Strap / Bracelet

distressed leather vintage style strap

Strap / Bracelet Size

18mm

Date Function

no

country of origin

switzerland

Condition

Excellent

Box / Papers

No