Maker: Croton / Nivada Grenchen
Clearly designed with the 1960s jet-setter in mind, this one features both an alarm (using the Vulcain Cricket 120 movement) and a rotating 12-hr bezel for keeping track of a second time zone. Most of the alarm watches from the period are on the dressy side, so finding one like this with a sportier style is a little unusual.
There are a few variants of this model, sold under both the “Croton” and the “Nivada Grenchen” brand names (both owned by the same company; I suspect one may have been used in the US and the other in Europe).
The legendary Cricket movement is not often seen outside of a Vulcain case – Nivada/Croton is one of the few to whom Vulcain sold this movement.
Case: Stainless steel case with snap caseback, signed Nivada crown. Excellent condition, unpolished case. Caseback marked All Stainless Steel, Waterproof, Serial number: 525572
Dial: Original, factory finished silver dial with minimalist applied silver indexes and tapered silver hands. Old radium lume dots at hour markers. Red alarm hand point. Marked “RA Swiss Made RA” Satin silver rotating bezel. See pictures for details.
Movement: Highly regarded Cricket 120. Movement signed Croton Nivada SA Grenchen. 17 Seventeen Jewels Swiss, CCW. Serial number: J3MV/ B 4796 HK. Engraved Cricket wheel. Fully serviced by our master watchmaker. All functions work well.
Dimensions: 35 mm x 42 mm without crown
Condition: Nice condition for a very scarce alarm watch from the 1960s. This alarm is LOUD!
Band: Genuine black leather strap.
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