Nivada Vintage Chronomaster CASD V92 broad arrow SERVICED

ChronoScope Collector watches presents a handsome yet practical Nivada Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver broad arrow with Valjoux 92 movement.  

ChronoScope Collector watches presents a handsome yet practical Nivada Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver broad arrow with Valjoux 92 movement.  

Nivada did not unfortunately survive the Quartz Crisis, but its legacy lives on in the minds of true vintage collectors, owing to its most recognizable model, the Chronomaster. 

Born in the early 1960s, it is a do-it-all offering that made a name for itself for being packed with functions and features a professional would need. From racers and pilots, to professional divers, the watch was also extremely capable on land, in air, or sea. Other than being an intricate tool, the CASD also happens to look captivating and nicely captures its compelling history.  

It was the Super Chronograph to go with. As described in one of the old brochures of the distributor of Nivada for the USA, we could read: If you’re about to buy a watch why not make sure it’s a: 1- stop watch, 2- time out stop watch, 3-doctor’s watch, 4- yachting timer, 5-tachometer, 6-aviator’s watch, 7-time zone watch, 8-skin diver’s watch, 9-regular watch,  

Here we have an early second generation CASD equipped with the Valjoux 92 movement, confirmed by the Chronomaster wording, Tritium dial and the infamous Broad Arrow hand as well as the crown and glass shape. 

MODEL / REFERENCE: Nivada Chronomaster Air Sea Diver – (CASD), Ref. 8222 M1581.  

DIAL+HANDS: This Chronomaster rocks its original matte black dial that has aged to acquire a uniform bubbly texture, without compromising its aged white imprint. The dial has loads of details, but somehow comes off as clean. It features a peripheral tachymeter for measuring speed, a bi-compax layout with small seconds at nine, and a chronograph minute totalizer at three o’clock. This subdial could be used to count up to 30 minutes of elapsed time, or, with its purposeful red highlights, count down the last five minutes before an event, such as a regatta. 

The painted baton indexes are not detached from the minute divisions. They have acquired a black, burnt-to-a-crisp patina that blends in with the dial.  

The broad arrow and dauphine hands, with the spearhead subdial hands, have developed surface oxidation on the surface, as well as on the Tritium inlays. 

CASE: On the wrist, this CASD looks spot on and fits perfectly the modern wrist thanks to a nicely sized 38 mm stainless steel case that boasts 46 mm from lug to lug. The case is mostly brushed with sharp, polished bevels on the upper surface of the drilled, downturned lugs that seem to catch the surrounding light in a very appealing way.  

Overall, the case is still beautifully intact, with few small scratches and no nicks throughout. It shows signs of use consistent with the age of the watch.  

The theme of multi-functionality was carried through the bidirectional rotating bezel, bearing the correct black insert that displays very minimal signs of wear and which featured not only a fully graduated 60-minute timing scale, but also a 12-hour scale to track a different time zone. 

CASEBACK:  The single step stainless steel screw-down case back is in impressive vintage condition, with very prominent engravings on the periphery of the satin brushed center. The “COMPENSAMATIC” engraving suggesting perhaps a previous swap of the original back.   

Besides the normal hairline surface marks, there is one noticeable scratch that spans across the center, resulting from a removal attempt at some point. 

CRYSTAL:The domed haselite crystal, armed with a tension ring is correct to the watch. It is in excellent aesthetic condition, displaying no scratches or marks on its surface. 

CROWNS+PUSHERS: The crown is correct to the watch for bearing the brand’s signature logo. It operates as intended from winding to time setting. 

The pump pushers appear to be correct and work crisply: Starting, stopping and resetting the chronograph module. The top pusher appears to have some nicks and a crack around the cap. 

MOVEMENT: This chronograph driven by the reliable, manually wound caliber Valjoux 92 as its heart. This high quality column-wheel movement features a constant running seconds register at 9 o’clock and a 30 minutes totalizer at 3 o’clock.  

It’s also important to signal that the bridge is signed with the brand’s name. 

The movement is clean and has been recently serviced thus runs strongly and keeps accurate time. It winds, sets and the chronograph functions perfectly and resets flawlessly. 

BRACELET: The present CASD chronograph comes fitted with a beautifully textured olive colored leather strap, with 20mm in width and a quick release function for easy change. 

ACCESSORIES: ChronoScope Saffiano Leather watch roll. 

The Chronomaster would be “the Swiss knife” of horology, with its tremendous cool factor and versatile usability. It continues to be runaway hit for Nivada, manifested through its recent revival. The watch would be a mainstay of the brand’s catalog through the 1970s, seeing various external and internal updates along the way. 

Becoming increasingly sought after, the Chronomaster is a very fairly priced quality precision chronograph from the 1960s when compared with the Speedmasters and Autavias of the same era. 

WARRANTY:We guarantee the authenticity of the watch. We also provide a 12 months guarantee for the correct function of this vintage timepiece.  All guarantees are subject to the General Terms and conditions.
 

Please feel free to ask questions, we will be glad to answer. Virtual or face-to-face viewing is available by appointment. 

 

 

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