Zenith was founded in 1865 by 22-year-old watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot. Their manufacturing was based in Le Locle Switzerland. Famously Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who was the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911 and the North Pole in 1926, wore Zenith watches on his expeditions. In 1999 Zenith was purchased by LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) joining brands like TAG and Hublot. Zenith is one of the only Swiss manufacturers to still produce their in-house movements. Their most recognised movement is the El Primero it was released in 1969, went into production in 1975, and was re-issued in 1986.
Here we have a NOS Zenith Automatic Defy. The 38mm TV-shaped stainless steel case curves gently over the recessed lugs. At 42mm lug to lug length, you can be sure of a comfortable fit on the wrist. The polished bezel holds a square crystal with curved sides reminding us of the TV sets of the time. The textured crosshatch silver dial has applied steel batons. At 3 o'clock a day/date window. Slim baton hands have lume infill. On the reverse a screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic ETA 2832 featuring a Zenith Rotor, 17 Jewels, 36,000 beats per hour. Fitted on its original Zenith 21mm leather strap with signed buckle and swing tag.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Zenith box or Zenith paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Zenith signed leather strap with Zenith signed buckle, plus swing tag as photographed. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is in "New Old Stock" condition, this is as close to brand new as you can get, but please do remember this watch is around 50 years old and therefore may have signs of hairline storage marks. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Everyone knows my love for Zenith, it is no secret and I intend to keep going on about them until people realise just how amazing vintage Zenith really is and how much of a hidden gem they are in the world of watches. This example is stunning, the dial is beautiful, the case shape just screams 70s, I adore it and I know the new owner of this fantastic piece will too!