Nivada is a brand you may have seen on older watches, if you’re keen to perusing the vintage stuff. A few years back, the rights to the brand were purchased, and put us on a path to seeing new watches. Well, new productions of old designs. In the case of today’s watch, it started with someone posting their original Nivada Antarctic Spider on Instagram. Given the interest of the community in the model, Nivada knew they had to build this one next.
As befitting a watch that first saw light of day back in the 1950s, the Nivada Antarctic Spider looks very much like a vintage watch. That comes from how they’ve done the sector dial (tying them into the vertical indices gives it the spider look), the color of the luminous paint used, and even to the fact that this is all steel-toned through and through, even including the dial. Fold in the dimensions -38mm, only 11.5mm thick – and that vintage look keeps on keeping on.
I also like the fact that the Nivada Antarctic Spider maintains the date window cyclops of the original, which is a handy feature, and one that further helps the watch stand out. Speaking of the date window – take a look opposite of it at 9 o’clock. That’s where the branding on the watch appears, keeping the open space (in terms of no indices) balanced on both sides. It’s just a super, super clean look.
Suffice to say, I am a bit smitten by this reissue of the very-vintage Nivada Antarctic Spider. Of course, I also appreciate the fact that you’ve got modern manufacturing and materials involved here, keeping things protected and running. Inside, you’ve got a modern movement as well, the SOPROD P024. A simple automatic, but you’ve still got the Swiss-made concept going through and through.
The pre-order for the Nivada Antarctic Spider just started, and runs through September 2nd at 5pm (Swiss Time) – so you’ve got a tighter window to get your order in if you’re so inclined. Pricing for the Nivada Antarctic Spider starts at $724 on a leather strap (the deep brown looks quite sharp), and tops out at $924 for one of the bracelet options (here, the riveted Oyster feels the most correct for the period). Check it all out, or put an order in, over at nivadagrenchenofficial.com
Tech Specs from Nivada
- Dial: Sunray Brushed Silver White + Cream 148 C.Lum + Black printed
- Hands: Shiny silver with Cream 148 C.Lum
- Case Size/ Diameter: 38mm
- Case Thickness: 11.50mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Case Finish: Polished & Brushed
- Case Lug Width: 20 mm
- Strap Width: 16 mm
- Movement Type: Self-winding – 3 hands – screw down
- Movement: SOPROD P024
- Glass: Double domed Sapphire Glass
- Water: Resistance 20ATM