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 very 1970s NOS Zenith. It's 33mm rectangular stainless steel case has sloping sides. The lugs are hidden under the case making the case design seamless. A lug to lug length of 56mm and a thickness of 12mm gives the watch a serious wrist presence. Polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp lines. On the right side, a signed crown. A flat rectangular crystal has curved corners, softening the edges.
The blue dial has a crosshatch linen pattern that plays with the light as you rotate your wrist. Rectangular applied baton indexes are lumed. Between the 4 and 5 a date window. Slim baton hands are lumed. On the reverse a snap-on case back. Inside an Automatic Zenith 2572PC, 17 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Has a sweeping second hand and quick set date. Fitted on its original chunky geometric designed Zenith stainless steel 19 mm bracelet with a signed folding clasp.
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 bracelet with folding clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and sold in "New Old Stock", this is a 50-year-old watch so some signs of storage wear may be seen. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
One I personally kept for a while, but it felt far too good for me to enjoy and as a Watch Dealer sometimes I need to accept that I can't keep everything I love. Sometimes just enjoying and appreciating them for a while is the honour I get.