ZENITH RESPIRATOR AFP FROM 1970 – £1275
The famous Zenith Respirator
Classic Form & Simple Beauty from Zenith
The Respirator was Zenith’s signature series of automatic watches produced between the 1960s and early 1970s. Made famous by American President, John F.Kennedy, who wore one of the early square-cased versions. This Respirator dates from the beginning of the 1970s, and has the most beautiful blue dial along with both day & date wheels
Item description: A classic Zenith Respirator watch with stainless steel case, dating from 1970. The watch with a blue dial. The dial bearing the Zenith brand name, and central sweep seconds. Day & date aperture at the 3. 0’clock position. The crown with the Zenith symbol. Case-back screwed into place at four positions. The case-back with Zenith reference ‘013 E 161. Calibre 2552 movement. The watch with a tan alligator grain leather strap and stainless steel non-Zenith branded buckle.
Case size: 35mm x 34mm excluding crown
Condition report: Overall excellent towards near mint condition. Case in beautiful condition free from unsightly scratches or other damage. Original dial with a nice patina. The glass particularly clean, and free from scratches. The movement particularly clean, and functioning. The watch recently fully serviced. The timepiece has 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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