Since its “resurrection” a few years in the past, Nivada Grenchen has been working exhausting on re-issuing a few of its most wonderful previous fashions. Taking part in on a mixture of historic design components mixed with trendy supplies and mechanics, the brand new Nivada fashions are all about correct classic aptitude, comparatively accessible costs, and a reasonably stable dosage of cool. We’ve seen this already with the Chronomaster, the star chronograph of the model within the Nineteen Sixties, but in addition the Depthmaster or the Antarctic, particularly the quirky Spider re-edition. The most recent creation to bear this historic title on a dial is not any exception to those guidelines, and is known as the Nivada Grenchen Tremendous Antarctic.
As with the Spider watch, the story of how this watch got here again to life has to do with Instagram and a stable fan base. As soon as once more, a collector of Nivada watches confirmed a classic instance of a watch a part of the Antarctic lineup, with a typical exploration dial and a stronger case than the traditional model. The Tremendous Antarctic is the “plus” model, the watch that improves many features of the already respectable Antarctic. As a reminder, this watch (circa 1950) was Nivada Grenchen’s first waterproof automated watch and was worn by the members of the American Navy’s Deep Freeze 1 throughout their expedition to the South Pole from 1955 to 1956. And the Tremendous Antarctic supplied a extra legible dial and a extra rugged case. And so is the brand new Nivada Grenchen Tremendous Antarctic Re-Difficulty.
This watch is definitely based mostly on the specs and case of the Antarctic Spider, itself already an replace of the re-edition of the traditional Antarctic. Because of this, we’ll discover again the identical general design, with a restrained 38mm chrome steel case, with a peak of 11.50mm and, one thing very nice for such a watch, a 200m water-resistance obtained because of a screwed caseback and a screw-down crown. The case is topped by a double domed sapphire crystal, including to the classic aptitude of the watch. Additionally observe that the lug-to-lug measurement can also be compact, at 45mm.
By utilizing this particular case, the brand new Nivada Grenchen Tremendous Antarctic strikes away from the unique design, because the historic watch featured a extra “commonplace” case. Right here, the form is shared with the Spider watch, which means a mixture of brushed surfaces, a cultured flat bezel and most significantly, these oddly cool inner, curved, polished aspects. And if not traditionally correct, this case is unquestionably unique by way of design and robust relating to its specs. The again reveals a gold medallion that’s an ode to classic Antarctic watches.
What actually units the Tremendous Antarctic aside is its dial. Modeled after the classic watch, it exhibits all of the indicators of a typical exploration watch – perceive right here the design that almost all of us affiliate with the Rolex Explorer, minus the Arabic numerals. The bottom is matte black, avoiding reflections and giving a tool-ish model. On its floor, metallic components are utilized, with triangular markers each quarter and batons each 5 minutes. A traditional railroad minute observe enhances this extremely legible show. At 6 and 12 o’clock, the model has determined to go devoted, with logos utilizing classic fonts and indications. And the fingers, as soon as once more traditionally correct, are additionally typical of the period and of exploration watches.
As you’d anticipate from such a sporty, rugged exploration watch, all the weather of the dial are largely crammed with Tremendous-LumiNova. And, to make it even higher, you’ll have the selection between three totally different colors; pure white, mild inexperienced, and my favourite, cream for a cool, classic issue. However understanding that some watch lovers have one thing towards the so-called fauxtina pattern, they may have a couple of choice to select from.
Contained in the case of the Nivada Grenchen Tremendous Antarctic is an outsourced, automated motion, the Soprod P024 – a substitute for ETA 2824-2. Easy and dependable, it shares its specification with the ETA, which means 4Hz frequency and about 40h of energy reserve. Nothing fallacious right here, only a traditional motion that does the job and retains the value down.
The Tremendous Antarctic is, as commonplace, delivered on a brown leather-based strap closed by a pin buckle – as pictured right here. However Nivada all the time provides a couple of choice, and also you’ll be capable of additionally go for a tropic rubber, a black leather-based strap, a metal beads-of-rice or Oyster-style bracelet but in addition a number of bracelets by Forstner Bands.
Availability & Worth
The Nivada Grenchen Tremendous Antarctic is now accessible through a pre-order marketing campaign, with deliveries in March 2022. Throughout this marketing campaign (which ends on December fifteenth), the value will likely be CHF 700, EUR 650, or USD 775. For extra particulars and orders, please go to nivadagrenchenofficial.com.