For sale we have an uncommon late 1960s/early 1970s Zenith dress watch known as the Zenitissimo. The model was made in gold filled as well as solid gold. This is a gold-filled example with a stainless-steel back. It is a neat reference, with a 28mm x 28mm case, with a 33.75mm lug to lug measurement. The case is tonneau shaped with a facetted case design in fitting with the era. It has a thick raised crystal with a champagne tone dial. The hours are presented in roman numerals on the applied chapter ring, which has a brushed finish. The signing is simple and clean on the dial, with the black painted hour and minute hand making this a proper dress piece. The crown to the right-hand side is signed with the Zenith four-pointed star.
The stainless steel back has a brushed finish, with clearly engraved serial number. Inside it is signed with the Zenith name and the reference 4003.
The movement is a small and thin manual wind calibre 1730, which dates to 1968. It has a jewel count of 19, with incabloc shock protection and an unusual regulator gear. It has been recently serviced and is keeping excellent time.
It comes on its original Zenith leather strap, with its original gold tone Zenith buckle. The strap is worn so it will be replaced, but the original strap will be included with the watch.
A rarely seen Zenith model, which offers an intriguing design, clearly rooted in the era is was created. A neat dress piece which will certainly catch the eye.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The dial is original and is in good condition. It has a champagne colour base tone with a satin tone with linear grained finish. The chapter ring is applied with black roman numerals. It has a brushed finish. The signing is good and clear to the dial.
The hands are original and are black painted. The paint is in good condition with no wear. They are good and un-bent.
The acrylic crystal is original and is in good condition with some minor marking. It has a mark inside the crystal which is hard to see as it is in line with the chapter ring.
The crown is original with the Zenith 4-pointed star. It is in good condition and is functioning well.
The front of the case is 20 microns gold filled. It is in good original condition. It has a brushed finish to the top of the case, with polished sides. It has light scratches associated with age.
The steel snap on case back is in good condition. It has a polished finish to the outside, with a brushed finish to the main face. It has not been polished and has light scratching. The serial number is clear.
The watch comes on its original Zenith leather strap with gold tone Zenith buckle. It will come on a new strap as the strap is worn, but the old strap will be provided with it.
The movement is a Zenith calibre 1730. It is a thin and small manual wind calibre with a jewel count of 19. It has a power reserve of 48 hours. It has an unusual regulation gear.
The watch has been recently serviced by ourselves. It’s keeping time to within + 20 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 290 degrees and a beat error of 0.2m/s.
Case width: 28mm
Case width with crown: 29.5mm
Case length: 28mm
Case length lug to lug: 33.75mm
Case Depth: 6.75mm
Lug width: 18mm
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