Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

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    Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    famous icon, mechanical feast beating 36 000 bph! Going for $7.4k on Amazon, google the fame, bow in respect. And look at the work of the good folks at Le Locle - magnified for your convenience.

    Here it is - pics from Amazon:
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    and here are details. Summary - boy, oh, boy! I owe an apology to the hard working folks at the 1st Moscow Watch Factory, anywhere I looked here I got some kind of scratch, speck of dust, dial indices treated badly, cracked bearings, even some red thread peeking out from under the indice at 3...
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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    You could have found human poo inside, and I'd still want this one.

    Another excellent pictorial.
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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by bluloo View Post
    You could have found human poo inside, and I'd still want this one.

    Another excellent pictorial.
    thank you! As for the enhancement you request - it'd be extra 2500 Swiss francs

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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    Wow, thanks for sharing! Still like it! Probably being badly serviced
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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by merl View Post
    Wow, thanks for sharing! Still like it! Probably being badly serviced
    recently sold as new on Amazon by Amazon

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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    poll added to the top of the thread, vote! :)

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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    It probably shows a less modern watchmaker than the ultra-automated, clean room, factories owned by ETA/Swatch. An entry-level watch from a higher end maker like PP might have even more faults.

    How to explain why it is wo much worse than the B&M, however??? B&M does have a relatively new factory. They are also owned by a corporate master that is a little smaller and might still care more about details (vs. marketing).

    I'd like to see how these compare to a (similarly priced) Seiko or Orient automatic chronograph.
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    Amazing watch!
    But how is this in the "Affordable Watches" section? You must swim in a very deep pool.


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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    psst, this is part of the Affordables conspiracy, poor man guerilla investigations, don't tell rich snobs, they won't like it ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by Levelman View Post
    Amazing watch!
    But how is this in the "Affordable Watches" section? You must swim in a very deep pool.


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    Re: Zenith El Primero Striking 10th under the microscope (82 pics)

    Hmmm. Interesting indeed. I agree with Bluloo that you could have found anything in there and I'd still want one, but it is a bit disappointing I think. I would expect a Zenith to be pretty pristine on the dial as well as the movement side. I find it hard to understand how the 60 year old GP was nicer under magnification. I would love to see a higher end Japanese watch under magnification such as a GS or Ananta. Man, I love this series you have put together. Great stuff.
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