CROTON CHRONOMASTER AVIATOR SEA DIVER PANDA DIAL LANDERON 148 38MM CHRONOGRAPHCroton
For auction is a Croton Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver. These vintage 2-register chronographs were made throughout the 60's and 70's by Croton and its parent company, Nivada. As the name suggests, they were intended for pilots and recreational divers. They were made to be go-anywhere adventure watches. Recently, collectors have been snapping them up due to the classical proportions and fine quality. This example, with a stunning reverse panda dial and red accents, is one of the most attractive watches made in the Chronomaster line. Everywhere you look at this watch, the condition is excellent and untouched. The signed Landeron movement is running great. These movements have proven to be tough-as-nails and put the vaunted column-wheel movements to shame with their quality and longevity. If you have been planning to get a Chronomaster for your collection, look no further. You have found an honest, unpolished original example with a brilliant dial.
Diameter: 38 mm w/out crown, 41 mm w/crown, 46 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 19 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 19 mm strap)
Height: 13 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 63 grams
Movement: Croton modified Landeron 148 manual winding
Strap/Bracelet: Handcrafted black leather strap with white stitching
Case: 38mm unpolished STAINLESS STEEL case with tapered and beveled lugs, a signed screw back and a unidirectional hour-minute aluminum insert bezel. The case has been worn and has some age, but has never been polished and has nice definition to the edges. The watch features a large unsigned crown and oversized pump pushers.
Dial: The black reverse panda dial has bright white subdials and a white tachymeter track, it has thin applied baton markers with a red accent at 12. This matches the first 5-minutes on the minute recorder and the chrono seconds hand. The dial is in excellent condition with lots of contrast. The stick hour and minute hands have a nice patina to the lume.
Condition: 85% (8.5 of 10): very nice condition dial with good case, running well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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