A gorgeous example of a Ref. 87016 “Taravana” by Nivada-Grenchen, this particular piece is in exquisite condition throughout. The T-Dial is mint. The Valjoux Cal. 7734 movement has been fully serviced [snapshots of the service are included] and it is in a wonderful condition both working-wise and condition-wise. The solid and heavy stainless steel case and case back are in fine condition with nothing serious to report apart maybe from a tiny ‘thinning’ of the plating on the top pusher. We have fitted this gorgeous chronograph with one of our own straps, made especially for LocalTime by Elvis & Kresse UK, using 25 year old British Fire Brigade de-commissioned fire hose, in brick red. You can see more information about these unique straps in our eBay store, under eBay item number 131116492523. The buckle is a diver-type thumbnail screw-in buckle and you can see more information about these buckles in our eBay store again, under eBay item number 400485469612. As with all watches that we service in-house here at Localtime, we offer a written 6-month warranty from the date of purchase. Feel free to ask us any other information you might need.
Meaning of Taravana: “Taravana Syndrome” is a form of decompression sickness that is most frequently seen in pearl divers in Japan and the Polynesian islands. These skin divers acquire their pearls by making breath-holding dives down to depths as great as 165ft [about 50m]. During a day’s work, they may make 60 to 100 dives in succession, with intervals of only a few seconds to two minutes between dives. The major symptoms of the syndrome range from pain in the joints to paralysis-if the central nervous system is affected. The taravana syndrome can be avoided by allowing surface intervals of 5 to 10 minutes between dives, permitting the nitrogen accumulated from the previous dive to escape the body before the next dive increases the amount of nitrogen retained.
EXTRA! Check out my own Localtime straps: Handmade from premium calf leather to my own specifications in Italy, they come in 5 sizes [lug width/buckle width]: 18/16, 19/16, 20/16, 21/18 and 22/18mm & 8 colours: tan, brown, dark brown, black, cinnamon brown, olive green, denim blue and grey blue. I sell these separately in my eBay store under eBay item number 401105271426.