Based on Nivada’s classic 38mm (39mm at the bezel) x 46.5mm x 14mm Chronomaster case, the Worn & Wound Valjoux 72 limited edition features a black cherry aluminum bezel and a “racing-dial” layout from Nivada’s archives. The primary dial surface is rendered in deep fog gray with a strong blue undertone, and a racing-style chrono-seconds index is printed in undulating khaki lines on a black outer ring with dark red breaks at 5-second marks. Black sub-dials with khaki indexes break up the surface, and large applied lume plots mark the hours, day or night. The timing hands are painted deep cherry red, while the chronograph hands are in bright, cyan blue.
Through the open case back the restored Valjoux 72 movement is on full display. A column wheel chronograph with a frequency of 18,000 bph, 17-jewels, and 48-hour power reserve, the Valjoux 72 features a lateral clutch, and a balanced three-register design featuring running seconds, elapsed minutes, and hours, as well as an asymmetric pusher layout (the start/stop pusher is closer to the crown than the reset).
An incredibly complex array of gears, plates, levers, screws, springs, and jewels, in its day, it was rarely seen by anyone except for watchmakers as display backs did not exist. For the purists, however, an additional solid case-back is included.
Limited to 20 pieces, the Nivada Grenchen x Worn & Wound Chronomaster Valjoux 72 includes a steel “beads of rice” bracelet, a German-made rally strap in Horween Color 8 shell cordovan, and a numbered letterpress print of the Valjoux 72 movement by Springs + Gears.
- Case: Brushed and Polished Stainless Steel
- Dial: Fog Gray with Black
- Bezel: Black Cherry Anodized Aluminum
- Movement: Swiss-Made Valjoux 72 VZ Restored and Warrantied by Nivada Grenchen
- Winding: Manual
- Complications: Chronograph
- Lens: Box Sapphire
- Straps: Steel “Beads of Rice” Bracelet + Rally Strap in Horween Color 8 Shell Corodovan
- Water Res.: 10 ATM
- Diameter: 38mm (39mm at Bezel)
- Length: 46.5mm
- Thickness: 14mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Quantity: 20 Units Total
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Additions: 8” x 8” Numbered Letterpress Valjoux 72 Movement Print by Spring + Gears
Nivada Grenchen timepieces have been in the watchmaking industry since 1926, the year when Jacob Schneider first created it in Granges (Grenchen). In 1976, his son Max took over the business. In the United States of America (USA), the Croton Company distributed all Nivada Grenchen watches. The timepieces can have either the Nivada Grenchen or Croton signature, or both.
In 1930, Nivada Grenchen was one of the first companies to manufacture automatic watches. This led to the creation of Nivada Grenchen’s first waterproof automatic watch called the Antarctic in 1950. The watch was worn by the members of the American Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 during their expedition to the South Pole from 1955 to 1956.