1960's Croton Swiss Vintage Mens Retro "Panda Dial" Chronograph Watch - Stainless Steel


Item No. AB 1

Today's offering showcases this cool retro Croton "panda dial" chronograph in beautiful original condition. It is a great looking and slightly exotic example of a chronograph from a brand that has become increasingly collectable.

It is fully original down to the dial, all hands, original crown and pushers. Powering it is its Landeron 248 based movement.

Here are some its features:
  • Landeron 248 based engine - Landeron movements were used by Heuer, Baume et Mercier, Gallet and many others in their vintage chronographs
  • Panda dial with contrasting gray sub dials and tachometer scale for measuring speeds
  • Cool and rugged retro waterproof style case with screw back
  • Easy to read luminous hand

With their rugged cases which are full size without being bulky; classic and distinctive styling, and panda dial, it's easy to see why these chronographs continue to gain attention and collectability.

It is all original with with fine details and the case shows only fairly light signs of polishing. The back retains all its wording, despite what the photos seem to suggest. It all shows up intact and readable with the naked eye. The hands are beautifully toned and complement the piece very nicely.

Our watchmaker has cleaned and oiled the movement, which is near pristine. The chronograph resets crisply to a perfect zero.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

Founded in 1878, the Swiss firm of Croton Watch Company has been family-operated since its inception. During vintage times they sold watches in the U.S. market under the brands of Croton, Nivada Grenchen, and at times both.

  • Manufacturer: Croton
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: c. 1960's
  • Functions: Time, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (inside): Swiss
  • Case condition: Scratch-free with light signs of polishing
  • Dial: Silver, gray contrasting subdials for the continuous seconds and 30-minute registers, tachometer scale on the bezel, large steel baton applique markers, original, just short of mint condition
  • Dimensions: 36mm wide (excluding crown), 44mm lugs tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original 'batons', steel
  • Movement type: Signed Croton, Landeron 248 based, manually wound, rhodium plated, shock resistant
  • Movement markings: Croton Watch Co. , Unadjusted, Seventeen Jewels, Swiss
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Servicing: Yes, freshly cleaned and oiled. Chronograph resets crisply to a perfect zero. Movement is near pristine.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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