ZENITH CLASSIC TEARDROP CASE – AMAZING PATINA £475
Classic Form & Simple Beauty from Zenith
Item description: A classic Zenith watch with stainless steel teardrop case, dating from the late 1940s, early 1950s. The watch in circular form and with classic teardrop lugs – a case style made famous by Jaeger Le Coultre. The champagne coloured dial beautifully aged, and now with a wonderful golden patina. The dial bearing the Zenith brand name, and subsidiary seconds at 6.00. Pressure fit case-back with serial number. The inside of the case-back with the full Zenith branding. The gilt over brass 106 movement with high quality balance bearing screw in weights. The watch with a tan leather strap and stainless steel non-branded buckle.
Case size: 45mm x 34mm
Condition report: Overall very good to excellent condition. Case in good overall condition. Original dial with a nice patina. The glass particularly clean, and free from scratches. The movement particularly clean, and functioning (no warranty implied). The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to Zenith: Watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot founded the Zenith company in 1865 at the age of 22, opening a workshop in Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. Zenith has a long reputation for the quality and precision of their watches. It is one of the few Swiss watch manufacturers that still produce their own movements in-house. During World War II, Zenith were one of a group of Swiss companies, such as IWC, Longines etc given contracts by Germany to produce military watches for them. Zenith famously created the El Primero calibre, which was first released in 1969, and still produced today. This renowned movement was one of the first automatic chronograph movements and has a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour (5 Hz). This high rate allows a resolution of 1⁄10 of a second and a potential for greater positional accuracy over the more common standard frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz)
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