1960s Nivada Depthmaster “Baby Panerai” made for Intersport
The encounter between Nivada and diving watches began in 1964 with the launch of the Depthomatic, the first diving watch to have a depth indicator, or bathymeter. It was then in search of depths that the Depthmaster came out in 1965, capable of withstanding a pressure of 100 atmospheres, i.e. 1000 metres deep.
Renamed Baby Panerai by many collectors, it is a very beautiful watch to collect. We admire the spirit of the long straight lugs and the cushion case. Developed in several versions, this one includes the large indexes essential to a good readability in depth. One can observe a beautiful global and coherent patina of the tritium swords and the lollipop hands and indexes which tend towards cream tones. It is equipped with a date window at 3 o’clock, and is signed Intersport instead of Nivada. It is notorious that, back in the 60s, the Intersport group, a Swiss conglomerate of sport stores, ordered a few watches for different sports, including diving, similarly to Abercrombie & Fitch, the hunting and fishing store (back then) that purchased and sold watches made by Heuer.
It is a beautiful piece, never seen to our knowledge atypical and faithful to the Nivada heritage.