In a nod to horological nostalgia, Nivada Grenchen unveils the Depthmaster Orange Limited Edition NOS, a remarkable resurrection of a vintage dive watch that marries the allure of yesteryear with the convenience of contemporary craftsmanship. This timepiece, a mere 10-piece limited edition, stands as a testament to the brand’s commitment to honoring its storied past.
Nivada Grenchen, recognized for its successful revivals like the Antarctic Spider, the Super Antarctic, and the iconic Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver, has mastered the art of blending vintage aesthetics with modern functionality. The Depthmaster, a robust 1960s dive watch, originally boasted a remarkable 1,000 meters of water resistance, setting an industry record at the time. In a recent strategy to bring back vintage favorites, Nivada introduced the revamped Depthmaster, maintaining the faithful design and specifications of its predecessor but with contemporary upgrades like a sapphire crystal, Super-LumiNova accents, and a Sellita SW 200-1 movement.
However, the unveiling of the Depthmaster Orange Limited Edition NOS takes this commitment to heritage a step further. A stroke of luck led Guillaume Laidet, CEO of Nivada Grenchen, to stumble upon a cache of 10 vintage Nivada Grenchen dials in pristine condition. These glossy orange dials, a revered vintage edition, retain original tritium-coated hour markers and the coveted “T SWISS MADE T” signature at 6 o’clock, making them a true find for aficionados of classic timepieces.
The surprises continue within the watch, as the Depthmaster Orange Limited Edition NOS houses vintage new old stock ETA 2472 movements, the same mechanism that powered the original Depthmaster. Dating from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, this movement beats at a slow 18,000 vibrations/hour (2.5Hz frequency) and offers a respectable 42 hours of power reserve.
While the case maintains its modern construction, the real star is the dial, elevating this limited edition to a collector’s dream. The orange dial, a newly produced masterpiece, joins the regular collection, while the extremely limited 10-piece run boasts original vintage dials with historically relevant ETA movements. The hands, a blend of modernity and vintage charm, feature cream-colored Super-LumiNova.
The Depthmaster Orange Limited Edition NOS is presented in a 39mm diameter case with a 13mm thickness, echoing the dimensions of the original 1960s model. The water-resistant and helium valve-equipped dive watch comes with a domed sapphire crystal, a screw-down crown, and a sturdy, screwed steel caseback.
For those eager to secure a piece of horological history, the Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster Orange Limited Edition NOS is available for order on the brand’s website at USD 2,890. As an added treat, each purchase includes a copy of the Depthmaster book, providing enthusiasts with an immersive journey into the legacy of this iconic timepiece.