1960's Croton Vintage Mens Retro Panda Dial "Paul Newman" Sea Diver Aviator Chronomaster Chronograph Watch - Stainless Steel


Item No. 5953

Today's offering showcases this very cool retro Croton Sea Diver Aviator Chronomaster chronograph with exotic "Paul Newman" panda dial. It's a great looking and slightly exotic example of a chronograph from a brand that has become increasingly collectable.

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

Here are some its features:

  • Rare and exotic "Paul Newman" panda dial with special subdials done in Rolex's Paul Newman style. It is a true Paul Newman dial - it was made by the Singer, the same company who manufactured the dials for Rolex.
  • Landeron 248 based engine - Landeron movements were used by Heuer, Baume et Mercier, Gallet and many others in their vintage chronographs
  • Revolving bezel with both 60 minute and 12 hour markings, suitable for using as a GMT or second time zone or for timing uses
  • Tachometer scale for measuring speeds
  • Rugged retro full size waterproof style case with screw back
  • Easy to read luminous hands

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

It is original with fine details, and the case shows only fairly light signs of polishing. The back retains all its wording. The hands are beautifully toned and complement the piece very nicely.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.

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
  • Model no.: Ref. 106 60224
  • Serial no.: 903,011
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph, Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (inside): Swiss
  • Case condition: Scratch-free with fairly light signs of having been polished. Wording on the back is light in a spot.
  • Dial: Black with silver contrasting subdials for the continuous seconds and 30-minute registers, so-called "Paul Newman" markings, tachometer scale on the bezel, large steel baton applique markers, luminous dots, original, mint condition
  • Hands: Original luminous steel 'batons', original 30 second and continuous seconds red hands, red sweep chronograph hand of unknown origin
  • 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: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Servicing: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. The 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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