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“Paul Newman” dial
The present model is an exceptionally rare Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster. Two models have been named Paul Newman because their dials look very much like those on some Rolex Daytonas, with their distinctive subdials: the first one has a black dial and white suddials, and the second one a white dial and black subdials.
This example, reference 85017 / 4531, is the first version: the “Black Paul Newman”. It is in very good condition.
About the model
The Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster model wasn’t just a chronograph. It was more like the Super-Chronograph. It in fact had an astonishing number of functions. Such a purpose is accurately reflected in the model’s name: CHRONOMASTER AVIATOR SEA DIVER, which suggests a clientele of professional racing drivers, pilots and divers, as well as the multiple functions evoked in the advertising of the 1960s: THE WORLD’S BUSIEST WATCH – HAS MORE USES THAN EVER COUNTED.
The models fitted with the Valjoux 23 caliber are the third representatives of the Chronomaster dynasty (after the Venus 210 and the Valjoux 92). This development coincided with relatively major changes to the dial and hands. The dials got new typography for the subdials with simplified scales and the numerals the conventional way up. The broad arrow hands changed to the more contrasting white baton hands, while lollipop, followed by elongated triangular hands indicated the chronograph secondsThe present model is an exceptionally rare Chronomaster version. Two models have been named Paul Newman because their dials look very much like those on some Rolex Daytonas, with their distinctive subdials: the first one has a black dial and white suddials, and the second one a white dial and black subdials.