Nivada Grenchen

Chronomaster 'Tropical Broad Arrow'

The powerful features that pack this iconic chronograph are powered by the Sellita SW510 BH B movement which allows the timepiece to be either automatically (SW510 BH b) or manually wound (SW510 M BH b). Various choices for its hands and dials are also available, so you can choose from Broad Arrow to Lollipop, and Orange Boy to Panda. It is definitely a classic with leading-edge preferences.

Model: Chronomaster Tropical
Reference: 86008M01
Material: Steel
 Tropical, Cream luminous indexes, vintage finish
38 mm; 13.75 mm
Movement: Manual Wind - Sellita SW510 M BH B
Bracelet / Strap: Various
Lug Width: 20 mm

Watch, box and papers

Warranty & Authenticity:
The watch comes with the Greenwich Time 24 Month Warranty alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

Nivada was established in Grenchen, Switzerland as early as 1879, but their official foundation is accepted as 1926. In 1939, Nivada formed a business partnership with the New York-based Croton Watch Company, allowing them to import and distribute Nivada watches across the United States and North America. This partnership proved successful and lasted up until the 'quartz crisis'.

During the 1960s and 70s, Movado pursued legal action against Nivada Grenchen, citing that their name sounded too phonetically similar to Movado. Consequently, Nivada Grenchen was prohibited from using the Nivada name in the US Market. As a result of this prohibition, Nivada Grenchen tapped into its distribution partnerships and continued to release watches in the US under various brand names, including Croton Nivada, Croton Nivada Grenchen, and simply Croton.

Modern Nivada Grenchen displays a multitude of diverse emblems and dial signatures across its various models, paying homage to the varied logos and stamps that its original watches carried over the decades.

In 2018, Guillaume Laidet and Remi Chabrat, two watchmaking entrepreneurs, determined to revive the Nivada brand with its original heritage. In 2019, they obtained the license to use the Nivada Grenchen copyright and have since produced faithful reissues and new models based on the rich historical catalog and original vintage discoveries.



Model: Chronomaster Tropical
Dial: Tropical, Cream luminous indexes, vintage finish
Includes: Watch, box and papers

Case / Bracelet

Dimensions: 38 mm; 13.75 mm
Bracelet / Strap: Various
Lug Width: 20 mm


Reference: 86008M01
Manual Wind - Sellita SW510 M BH B
Power Reserve: 63 Hours

Faithful Reissue

1965 Original
Modern Iteration



Thoughts on the Chronomaster Tropical:

"This tropicalized variant of the Chronomaster was love at first sight! I have observed the originals of this model and have lusted for an example with the chocolate brown patina for some time. Thankfully, it has only eluded me until now. This is one of the few watches to cross my hands, that I immediately knew I needed to have."



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Phone: (949)-698-2151

- Albert Trevino
Head Curator