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    Help me indetify this vintage Zenith (and rate it!)

    dear friends,

    i am planning to buy a new vintage zenith watch but i couldn't identify the model. the seller also doesn't know about the model. he says its size is
    29x29 with a lug width of 18mm. the case is gold (20 micron), the movement is manual winding (30.5 mechanism). the model has been made in the 1970s.

    i am posting the photos. please feel free to comment/rate/recommend about my watch. what should i pay for this piece?


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    Re: Help me indetify this vintage Zenith (and rate it!)

    I have some suspicions on its authenticity and the zoomed in picture of a watch movement isn't helping.

    I also find it very hard to believe Zenith would have ever sold a base metal plated watch...
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    Re: Help me indetify this vintage Zenith (and rate it!)

    i have found a catawiki link for this watch https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/...-5-women-1970s

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    Re: Help me indetify this vintage Zenith (and rate it!)

    No, the watch does appear genuine. Well, at least it is no outright fake.....

    The movement is a Zenith Cal. 30.5 which already shows that it's post 1972 when the Zenith Radio Corp. took over and introduced the new calibre designation. It is actually a movement that Zenith pinched from elsewhere, in this case Omega:

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...wk&Zenith_30_5

    ...which makes it around post 1975. Since the Omega 625 went out of production in 1979 according to Ranfft, I would place this watch somewhere in the second half of the 1970s. Which leaves us with the sole anomaly: the crown (no, Zenith were making gold plated watches with steel case backs at that stage - and even rather before then). It is a 1950s-1960s crown, yet it is on a distinctly 1970s watch. This means that it must almost certainly be a replacement crown. Normally, you get replacement crowns that are more recent than the watch; in this case, it is evidently the other way round.

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    Re: Help me indetify this vintage Zenith (and rate it!)

    thank you hartmut. you enlightened me. i will probably purchase it (for a price that is slightly under $200) since i was looking for a vintage square dress watch from zenith.

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