Review

NIVADA SUPER ANTARCTIC Black 38mm 32025A

Forstner THE KLIP bonklip style bracelet

Intimidated by the reviews the rest of you write I would call this more of an opinion.

The Why: Suffering from Explorer “itch”, I began researching watches from the 50’s. Then, manufacturing the ruggedest watch was a theme. Rolex had Everest, Nivada had Antarctica. Rolex survived, Nivada didn’t. Nivada, reincarnated in 2018, is capitalizing on its heritage. In the Super Antarctica I liked the story, the specs, the look and the price. The 1950’s originals were more like watches worn to the office but both Rolex and Nivada would “ruggedize” the look and marketing. Originally, I received the watch on the black leather strap with white stitching. The strap is supple and comfortable but in the 50’s many servicemen changed the issued leather for a Bonklip bracelet. I did the same.

Why 30 days: It makes sense. How can you judge a watch unless you live with it? This was 30 days of continuous wear including swimming, showering and sleeping. The Super Antarctic gardened, stacked wood; washed cars. It’s hard to leave a watch box of favorites.

What I liked: Accuracy - It gains just 3 to 6 seconds a day. Easy to wear - It’s light and the Klip is infinitely adjustable. Rugged - The case shines with no obvious wear. The bracelet shows the slight desk-diver wear. The Look - Simple and legible. The sapphire distorts the dial just so. Luminosity - It tells time all night. The Story - “Aquamatic” predates “Super Antarctica”. I love that.

Some Deeper Thoughts: In bight sunlight there’s a slight difference in brilliance between the white on hands and markers. (N.B. I bought a “non-vintagized” model.) The Klip takes some getting used to but once mastered it’s great. I appreciate that modern Nivada keeps true to the original but the crown is proportionally small. I wonder if old Nivada had marketed this watch simply as the Aquamatic it could have been as popular as the Explorer?

Caveats: As pointed out by others, if you buy with a strap then buy an aftermarket “bonklip” the cost is the same with to ways to keep your watch put. I asked Nivada to comment on the antimagnetic properties of the Soprod PO24 and they got right back to me. Confirming they care and reporting the movement has a silicon balance. I’m less fearful of magnets.

Conclusion: At one seventh the cost this could be a perfect “explorer”. Does this cure an Explorer itch? It should but…

Review

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  • Vintage looks
  • Value
  • History
  • Slight mismatch of the white markings
  • Crown proportionally small
  • Bonklip takes getting used to
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Have it on the beads of rice and love it. Wish the crown was a little bigger, but otherwise great daily wear in a variety of environments and awesome authentic adventuring heritage.

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Ohh wow had no idea Soprod was adding in silicon balance springs. Great review.... I asked them about a 38mm with a date cyclops on the 3,6,9 triangle style as that version IS a vintage model and the 38mm crystal and dial do support a date function....

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I have the 369 variant and love it. I wish I would’ve skipped the forstner and went with the Nivada bracelet to begin with. Only major gripe is that the lume is trash. Even charging with a uv light for a minute it’s gone in under 5 minutes. That 1 minute charge is good enough to keep my Seikos Tudors and Christopher Ward going all night.

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SonoranMountie

I have the 369 variant and love it. I wish I would’ve skipped the forstner and went with the Nivada bracelet to begin with. Only major gripe is that the lume is trash. Even charging with a uv light for a minute it’s gone in under 5 minutes. That 1 minute charge is good enough to keep my Seikos Tudors and Christopher Ward going all night.

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You are correct the Nivada lume is quite bad. Mine is the aged lume dial so it’s even worse.

I treat it has having no lume but it is super legible still as long as there is a little light.

Complete lights out? Lume only last a couple minutes really.

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