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    Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    I've been stalking this one on the bay (no fair sniping ) and I have developed a powerful NEED for it...but I have some doubts about it's authenticity. For one, I've not seen a similar model with the the "Tachymetre" spelled like pictured, or on the side of the dial it's showing. I've also not seen a Zodiac with a blue second hand or one of that shape. From the pictures of the movement, it DOES look correct, but the dial...I dunno.

    Thoughts? I contacted Zodiac, but they said the couldn't help me since being acquired by Fossil.
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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    I am no Zodiac expert but to me, it looks at least plausible. The movement is a Valjoux 7733:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Valjoux 7733

    ...and the way of marking it by Zodiac (in factory movement code "89" from what I can see in a box) is consistent with the system used by Zodiac. Good luck!

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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    zodiac chronograph

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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    Thanks guys! I agree that the movement looks correct, and I think it's in keeping with Zodiac's offerings at the time. The dial though, still gives me pause. If you compare the screenshot with what @eri231 sent, you can see there's some differences...


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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    Well, "tachymetre" is just french for "tachymeter", so that would suggest it was simply targeted at a non-english market.
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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    If that is not a repaint than it's the worst original factory dial I have seen :D
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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    If that is not a repaint than it's the worst original factory dial I have seen :D

    That is sadly the way I've been leaning, too. Which is too bad because I badly want this to be real and on my wrist!

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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    I think the guy who did the dial started in the morning, had a few beers at lunchtime and then came back in the afternoon and painted Swiss on it.
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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    A veritable tidal wave of white paint lapping at the shores of the hour markers. If it wasn't for the circles of sticky tape that were put over the sub dials, they would have been awash with it too.
    Just looks very poor, with what looks like three of the twelve indices (8,12,1.) partially painted too when he came back from that liquid lunch.

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    Re: Is this a real vintage Zodiac chronigraph?

    The high bid has actually gone DOWN since posting this this morning... Maybe some WUS member saw this and thought better of their bid?

    I've emailed the seller and pointed out the various dial issues you've all mentioned. The description claims "all original" so I'll be interested to see his response...

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