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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 81

Fabrique de spiraux Nivarox S.A.
“Competition” calibre based on Longines 260; stainless steel and wood

CHF 1,500 - 3,000

EUR 1,400 - 2,800 / USD 1,650 - 3,300 / HKD 12,600 - 25,200

Sold: CHF 2,000

Stainless steel, open-face, manual-winding, round-shaped, deck-watch chronometer movement, with subsidiary seconds at 6, made for the observatory timing contests.

Silver colour dial with large suspended Arabic numerals.

22’’’, based on Longines 260, with oversized barrel, lever escapement, Glucydur screw-balance balance and Nivarox hairspring with terminal curve, adjusted probably by A. Hofer fils, Saint-Imier (frequency: 36 000 A/h).

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-6


Slightly oxidized

Movement: 3-6-8*


Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-8-01


Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Nivarox, Saint-Imier (Bernese Jura)

Model “Chronomètre”

Year circa 1960-1965

Movement No. 404

Case No. unnumbered

Material stainless steel and wood

Diameter 69.9 mm.

Caliber 22’’’ (based on Longines 260), lever escapement, Glucydur screw-balance balance (high frequency)

Weight 400 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial and movement

Accessories original wood testing case (81.8 x 90.1 x 44.6 mm.)



One of the most important company in the entire world of Swiss horological industry. Now owned by the Swatch Group, Nivarox makes the vast majority of the parts that make mechanical watch movements function.

Nivarox is also the trade name of the metallic alloy from which its products are manufactured. Its notable property is that its coefficient of elasticity is remarkably constant with temperature. As a trade name, Nivarox is a German acronym for “Nicht variabel oxydfest” (G.) or “Non-Variable Non-Oxidizing”.

The Nivarox alloy is a nickel iron alloy (Fe 54 %, Ni 38 %, Cr 8 %, Ti 1 %, Si 0.2 %, Mn 0.8 %, Be 0.9 %, C <0.1 %) used mainly in the watch industry for hairsprings for balance wheels. When used for critical watch components, the alloy reduces errors due to temperature variation. Hairsprings made of this alloy have a spring constant which does not vary with temperature, allowing the watch’s balance wheel, its timekeeping element, to keep better time.


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