Nivada 'Waterproof' Automatic with Concave Bezel (RARE)


Brand: Nivada

Model: "Waterproof" Automatic (RARE); Swiss Made circa 1950s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with concave bezel and screw-down back is approximately 34mm excluding the original domed winding crown

Strap: 18mm handmade textured calfskin strap with contrast stitching and polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Nivada self-winding bumper automatic movement (21 jewels) with center sweeping-seconds and original dust cover; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original "eggshell" dial with rose gold-tone hour markers and attractive yellow patina to the luminous elements; original rose gold-tone hands with matching original lume; original rose gold-tone sweeping-seconds hand; sharp unpolished steel case with awesome concave bezel and cool lugs; domed acrylic crystal (appears to be original)

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and light use; solid stainless steel case appears to be completely unpolished with razor-sharp lugs and concave bezel; very nice screw-down caseback remains clearly legible with the original finishes in tact; beautiful original dial with crisp printing throughout and gorgeous original lume; original luminous hands with matching yellow lume; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: Nivada has become a household name within collector circles and rightfully so - They made some truly amazing watches and this extremely rare and early "Waterproof" model is no exception. In fact, this is the only example of this watch that we have seen. And upon further examination, one can see that it very well could have been a primitive attempt at making a waterproof dive watch. The luminous dial and hands, concave bezel, screw-down caseback, drilled lugs, and automatic movement with protective dust cover set it apart from traditional dress watches of that era. Speaking of the concave bezel, we took one look at it and immediately fell in love. The original lume has aged to a perfect shade of yellow and the overall minimal design aesthetic is extremely versatile, allowing the watch to be dressed up or down. This unicorn Nivada is as unique as it is stunning on the wrist and it's a bonus to know that you won't run into anyone else wearing the same watch!

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