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    Considering buying my first Zenith

    Hi everyone!
    I have my heart and eyes set on this gorgeous 2002 Class El Primer 01.0501.400. I absolutely love the design of this watch, the dial looks retro in the best way possible with its bold lumen numerals and yet the case gives a hint of modernity. This model definitely has a sporty vibe to it but I can still see myself wearing it at the office with a business casual, semi-formal outfit. Anyways, seller quoted me $2,050 and I was wondering if that was fair for what I'm getting:
    - watch (obviously), few micro-scuffs on the case, tiny flaw on the 12 o'clock lumen, otherwise A+
    - box in 6/10 condition
    - aftermarket deployment leather band
    - a lighter bank account
    What I don't get:
    - watch was last serviced more than three years ago
    - No papers, but extract from registers from Zenith
    - original band
    I attached some pictures, what do you guys think? Should I take it or leave it?
    Any other tips are also welcome. Thanks!
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    Re: Considering buying my first Zenith

    Hi there and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately the forum doesnt' allow valuations here. In general we can recommend of course, if there is a nice original Zenith to be found: get it!

    That is a nice model. Considering it has cal 400 Z it must have been produced after 1998, say in 1999 or 2000. What kind of extract does Zenith give for this?
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    Re: Considering buying my first Zenith

    Quote Originally Posted by sempervivens View Post
    Hi there and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately the forum doesnt' allow valuations here. In general we can recommend of course, if there is a nice original Zenith to be found: get it!

    That is a nice model. Considering it has cal 400 Z it must have been produced after 1998, say in 1999 or 2000. What kind of extract does Zenith give for this?
    Hi I understand, thanks for the heads up and the advice!

    This is the extract the seller posted:
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    Re: Considering buying my first Zenith

    Thanks for the post. That is the thing with watches: there is a production date (or even several production dates: for the case, for the movement, the dial and so on) and there is a delivery date which may be a year or two later. The delivery date is a good final date to refer to: at that moment in time the watch has definitely left the factory.

    Here is a catalog illustration from 1999:

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    Re: Considering buying my first Zenith

    Quote Originally Posted by sempervivens View Post
    Thanks for the post. That is the thing with watches: there is a production date (or even several production dates: for the case, for the movement, the dial and so on) and there is a delivery date which may be a year or two later. The delivery date is a good final date to refer to: at that moment in time the watch has definitely left the factory.

    Here is a catalog illustration from 1999:
    I was still a kid back then, even the catalogue has this old retro UK car magazine vibe. I can appreciate that.

    By the way, I noticed there is a tiny flaw on the 12 hour lume. Can this be fixed relatively easily or do I need a complete redial?

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    Re: Considering buying my first Zenith

    S you bought the watch? If so, congratulations are in order.

    It seems only a tiny flaw in the lume, I think a specialised watchmaker (experienced with different lumes) could fix this.
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    Re: Considering buying my first Zenith

    I did and thanks! I absolutely love it and I know I would have regretted it if I passed.
    Will take the watch for servicing shortly, hopefully the watchmaker will be able to find the right lume paint.

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