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    Zenithes with signed crowns.

    I've already seen this picture



    But when did Zenith start to use signed crowns?

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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    Some time in the 1950s. Technically, I'd say in the 1920s or even before: my Zenith pocket watch from 1929 has a star on the crown but it's not all that obvious. But on wrist watches, I think that the concensus was early 1950s. sempervivens will know more about this (or search the Zenith forum on the topic).

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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Some time in the 1950s. Technically, I'd say in the 1920s or even before: my Zenith pocket watch from 1929 has a star on the crown but it's not all that obvious. But on wrist watches, I think that the concensus was early 1950s. sempervivens will know more about this (or search the Zenith forum on the topic).

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    Thank you Hartmut.

    BTW I think the picture above is wrong. My favorite vintage Zenith from the mid 60s (cal.2532) has
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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    Quote Originally Posted by probep View Post
    Thank you Hartmut.

    BTW I think the picture above is wrong. My favorite vintage Zenith from the mid 60s (cal.2532) has

    I hate to ask the obvious but are you 100% sure the crown is original?
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    100% sure? Not at all, only 99.9%. I've seen many Zenith watches from the 60s with the same crowns.
    BTW what do you think about this Zenith?

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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    probep is right - the picture is wrong. The NATO star crown did not come into use in 1960 but towards the end of the sixties. Before that, the five pointed star with a superimposed "Z" was still used.

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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    Quote Originally Posted by probep View Post
    100% sure? Not at all, only 99.9%. I've seen many Zenith watches from the 60s with the same crowns.
    BTW what do you think about this Zenith?

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    Very nice piece, I like it! I have to ask though why it has the five pointed star with the Z inside on the crown and NATO Z on the dial? I have a Zenith in need of a crown and will probably fit a generic to it but am keeping my eyes open for a signed one.

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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    Also, different watch than the one in the original post? Just noticed.
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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    Another unusual sample: the five pointed star on the dial and NATO star on the crown. 1973 year.







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    Re: Zenithes with signed crowns.

    This is a NATO star
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