Nivada Grenchen Reworks 15 Chronoking “Paul Newman” References With Vintage Calibers

An ultra-limited release that was sold out on the same day.

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Back in July, Nivada Grenchen reissued the iconic Chronoking “Paul Newman” reference featuring a bold orange dial and a hybrid meca-quartz movement. Building on the success of that release, the Swiss watchmaker now presents another limited iteration of the model, but this time, it’s equipped with a restored vintage Valjoux cal. 23 VZ movement.

Appearance-wise, the new 38mm Chronoking timepiece boasts a bold and sporty ‘70s-inspired design that’s almost identical to its hybrid meca-quartz counterpart. What sets the new version apart aesthetically is it features two Paul Newman-style subdials, as opposed to three. The former model also only featured “CHRONOKING” alongside the brand logo, while this reference is further labeled “AVIATOR SEA DIVER” on its dial.

The highlight of the watch is undoubtedly the vintage hand-wound chronograph caliber it houses, which has been fully restored. The Valjoux 23 VZ was first released in 1916 and endured a 58-year-long run. A testament to durability and reliability, the caliber provides indications for hour, minute, second, date, chronograph and tachymeter, complete with a 48-hour power reserve.

Limited to 15 examples, the watch opened for pre-ordering on December 28 and was quickly sold out. To read more about the timepiece, visit Nivada Grenchen’s official website.

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