Nivada Grenchen, with its rich Swiss heritage dating back to 1926, has a storied history of watchmaking innovation. Notably, it was one of the pioneering companies to produce automatic watches on a large scale. The brand made a name for itself with timepieces like the Aquamatic and Sea Blade, designed for seafarers. However, it was the Antarctic, inspired by the Aquamatic, that truly catapulted Nivada Grenchen to fame in 1950. This watch achieved iconic status when it was issued to the US Navy during Operation Deep Freeze to the South Pole in the mid-1950s. Now, the company pays homage to that iconic era with the Nivada Grenchen Antarctic 35mm, a timepiece that exudes timeless elegance while embracing contemporary sensibilities.
With its 35mm case size, it offers a classically sized option for today’s discerning collector. The watch’s case design features angled edges and multiple facets with a mix of finishes, creating a visually dynamic timepiece. The attention to detail continues with the dial, available in black, white, or eggshell/off-white. Luminescent arcs replace traditional hour markers, adding to the watch’s visual appeal.
The ‘Nivada Grenchen‘ signature proudly graces the dial below the 12 o’clock position, ‘Antarctic’ adorns the top of the dial above the 6 o’clock mark, and a discreet ‘Swiss’ can be found along the minute track, highlighting the watch’s Swiss heritage. Art Deco-style numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, along with applied steel indexes, contribute to the classic aesthetic.
The Antarctic 35mm comes with two strap options: a black leather strap with black stitching or a brown leather strap with brown stitching, both complementing the three dial color choices. Immerse yourself in the Nivada Grenchen Antarctic 35mm, a watch that transports you to a bygone era while celebrating the enduring allure of classic design and Swiss craftsmanship. With a price of $850, it offers collectors a chance to own a piece of timeless elegance and heritage.
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