1950s Croton Chronograph (Ref. 1198)

Croton began its roots in New York circa 1878 but was formally introduced as Croton Watch Co. in 1928 when the company began assembling watches under its own name. 

This triple-register chronograph ref. 1198, despite being from the '50s, has distinct WWI vibes, with its large and patinated radium-lumed hour numerals. A beautiful early offering from the Croton name, which is most typically known for its Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver watches of the 1970s.  


Stock # CRCHRO
Brand Croton
Style Chronograph
Model 1198
Serial 92XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver "Aged"
Millimeters 35
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The stainless steel has been lightly polished in the past and features bold chamfers down the curved lug case with light signs of honest use. It retains its original unsigned crown and pushers. The stainless steel case back is clean, showing signs of use appropriate for its age. The watch will be supplied on a 2-piece handmade leather strap.


The original silver dial, along with its three tonal chronograph registers, has taken on a lovely warm patina and shows appropriate age which makes for an attractive vintage aesthetic. The radium lume Arabic numeral markers have taken on a very dark patina and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original hands have been professionally restored with cream-colored lume.


None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.