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    Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    This is my first post on this wonderful forum.
    My fascination for this brand and its history derives from three main reasons.
    1. My father gave me my first watch when I was 16. A Zenith autosport. Despite punishing treatment, it has never missed a beat. I know it is not valuable, but still think it is quite handsome; dare I say, a timeless, simple and practical design.
    2. A Zenith WW2 watch saved my great uncle's life. He fought the Russians on the eastern front in WW2. He was captured and sent to Siberia. He and his companions were meant by their captors to starve after they were dumped off a barge on the upper reaches of the Vasyugan river north of Novosibirsk. But he traded his Zenith watch for some sacks of seed potatoes and thus - with help from some Ukrainians who had been similarly dumped years before - managed to get through his first Siberian winter, and thereafter survive his 20 year sentence. His companions did not. I bought one recently and who knows? It may even be the very one!
    3. The awesome original vintage El Primero 3019. Has there ever been or will there ever be anything like it? A masterpiece in conception and construction; for me the ultimate expression of the watchmaking art. My favourite is the all silver coloured dial ref 01.0210.415. Elegant, uncluttered and understated; not for me the multicoloured dial and hands - and I just love wearing it and thinking of what is inside it and listening to those 10 beats per second!

    I have learnt much from reading posts re Zenith watches from the many contributors to this forum, particularly from Hartmut Richter, LouS and sempervivens. I have bought Manfred Rössler's book, with its wonderful photos but woeful english translation, and am still looking for but cannot yet find an english hardback version of Joel Duval's more recent work.

    Why do you collect Zenith watches?
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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    now that's a brand with heritage.
    I have always liked the El Primero. Someday, I hope to add the Striking Tenth to my collection but that's years and years down the road

    Anywho, welcome to WUS! When you can, post pics of your collection!
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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    I don't collect Zenith watches, but I like the brand. What appeals to me is:
    1) nice variety of designs with interesting execution (El Primero Chronographs, Pilots, Dress Elite line, etc.)
    2) hi-beat El Primero movement (the name, the history, the design, and the modern watches using it are often quite beautiful)
    3) story of how Charles Vermot essentially saved the brand and El Primero movement and had the foresight to see past the quartz crisis and idiocy of the bureaucrats
    Current company direction and designs resonate with me (I do have to say that Defy era did not appeal to me at all)

    PS. I like your story and can see how that nostalgic connection can create the love of a brand. However, not sure if I even want to ask re: the uncle who fought against the Russians in WW2
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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    The thread is worthless without pics
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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_TA View Post
    The thread is worthless without pics
    What he said.

    As to why you collect Zenith watches... Maybe cause they are damn nice watches?


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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    I don't collect Zenith watches espeсially, but I own three Zenith timepieces:
    1. Vintage Zenith cal.2532, mid-1960s
    2. Zenith Class Elite, cal. 680
    3. Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar, cal. 4054

    And I like them. :)

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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    Great story! Welcome!

    We all want to see some pictures of your collection!
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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    El Primeros are darn cool watches, hope to have one in my collection some day.
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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by probep View Post
    I don't collect Zenith watches espeсially, but I own three Zenith timepieces:
    1. Vintage Zenith cal.2532, mid-1960s
    2. Zenith Class Elite, cal. 680
    3. Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar, cal. 4054

    And I like them. :)

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    Re: Why do I collect Zenith watches?

    Number one was reason enough for me, but the other two are good enough as well.

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