For sale we have a charming 1968 Zenith dress watch. It has a 34mm 9ct gold case, which is of neat and slim proportions. It has an uncommon large Roman numeral dial with a gloss finish. Inside it has a manual wind Zenith calibre 2310 movement, which has been recently serviced.
The case is hallmarked for 9ct gold with Swiss hallmarking, alongside British import marks from Glasgow assay office. It is also clearly signed with Zenith marking to the inside. It measures 34mm across, with a lug-to-lug measurement of 38.5mm. It has a slim design, with a depth of 7.5mm which makes it a neat fit to the wrist. The short and thin lugs, with the thin bezel further add to the neat design of the case.
The case marking includes the Poincon De Maitre hammer 143 of Pierre-A Nardin & Cie, from Zeniths hometown of Le Locle. Nardin are acknowledged as one of the finest case makers of the mid-century, creating some of Zeniths best known precious metal designs in this period.
This dial takes centre stage, with its large Roman numeral hour markers. A classic dress watch, with no seconds markers and only an hour and minute hand. The Zenith signing with star logo is clear and neatly proportioned. To the base the dial is signed Swiss made. The hour and minute hand are black painted to match the hour markers. To the right is the neat crown with coin edge finish.
Inside the calibre 2310 manual wind movement is in good health, having been recently serviced. It is a small and thin calibre, allowing the watch to maintain its slim profile. It is keeping time to within +20 seconds a day.
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 white gloss tone which is bright. It has some speckled dirt marks with age, mainly the centre, with some to the right-hand side by the crown. The signing is good and clear, with painted Roman Numerals and Zenith logo.
The hands are original and are painted. The dark paint has flaked to the centre. They are good and un-bent.
The acrylic crystal is in good condition with some minor marking.
The crown is a later, non-Zenith signed replacement. It functions as it should and is a good fit to the watch.
The case is 9ct gold and is in decent condition. The lugs and the sides of the case have a polished finish with light surface scratches. The lugs are good and straight.
The 9ct gold snap on case back is in average condition. It has a polished finish and has light scratching, with a deeper scratch from poor opening. The brushed finish has worn with age. The serial number is clear.
The watch comes on a new genuine leather strap which is non Zenith.
The movement is a Zenith calibre 2310. It is a thin and small manual wind calibre with a jewel count of 17. It has a power reserve of 42 hours.
The watch has been recently serviced by ourselves. It’s keeping time to within + 20 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 280 degrees and a beat error of 0.1m/s.
Case width: 34mm
Case width with crown: 35.75mm
Case length: 34mm
Case length lug to lug: 38.5mm
Case Depth: 7.5mm
Lug width: 18mm
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