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2.0418 ZENITH SURF AUTOMATIC W.PAPERS, SWISS 1978

£730.00 (incl. VAT) £657.00 (incl. VAT)

This classic 70’s Zenith comes to us in near-perfect condition, and with its original papers! The watch has its purchase receipt, dated August 4th 1978, and the Zenith marked international warranty. The high-grade Zenith 2572PC calibre movement boasts a solid 46hr power reserve, and is fitted with the KIF shockproof system. The stainless steel case body has a lovely circular brushing around the bezel, while the bezel itself and the sides of the case are mirror polished. It also has an unusual setting system – first crown position is for time setting, while the second position is for date setting. You would usually encounter the inverse of this in a watch.

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About Zenith 

The ‘Fabrique des Billodes’ was founded in 1865 in Le Locle by Georges Favre-Jacot. The company first produced precision pocket watches signed with his name. However, not long after 1900 the company expanded their product line and underwent a name change. The new company name, Zenith, refers to the highest point of the universe: the zenith.

Zenith truly rose to popularity due to its creation of The El Primero calibre in 1969, which at the time was the first high frequency automatic chronograph movement. However, the current owners of the brand decided to abandon the idea of a mechanical chronograph and focus on Quartz timepieces in 1975. Amazingly, Charles Vermot, one of the original watchmakers who worked on the movement, gathered all the necessary technical plans and tools for the brilliant calibre, and hiding them in a walled-off attic at the Zenith manufacture to protect the El Primero for future generations.

Zenith watches have been owned by many notable figures, including none other than Ghandi. His silver pocket watch, gifted to him by his friend Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s Prime Minister, became one of his rare few material possessions and accompanied his daily life, notably signalling his prayer due to its alarm function.

Zenith was purchased by LVMH in November 1999, becoming one of several brands in its watch and jewellery division that included TAG Heuer and Hublot. They still create stunning, high-quality timepieces to this day.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. Make sure to follow the usage and care guidelines.

Overview

Case and Strap

  • Stainless steel case body, circular brushing.
  • Stainless steel screw-down caseback.
  • Polished bezel and sides.
  • Unsigned original stainless steel winding crown.
  • Brand new 19mm leather strap.

Dimensions:

  • Width w/ crown: 37mm
  • Width w/o crown: 36mm
  • Height: 40mm
  • Thickness: 11.5mm
  • Strap: 19mm

Dial and Hands

  • Silver tone matte dial.
  • Baton style hands.
  • Thin steel centre seconds hand.
  • Signed ‘Zenith’ with logo below 12 position.
  • Date indicator at 3 position.
  • Thin applied indices.

Movement

  • Swiss made movement.
  • Zenith 2572PC calibre.
  • Automatic.
  • 23 jewels.
  • 46hr power reserve.
  • Quickset date.
  • KIF shockproof system.

Servicing and Guarantee

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