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    A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    Hi folks, as you have already noticed, I also like to be bewitched by the appearance of a pocket watch. Therefore I would like to introduce a fine modern watch to you, which I could not pass by.

    From a complete brochure of Zenith in the early 1930's I know that for women there were no more pocket watches and for men about 50 % of the offer referred to wristwatches. With the pocket watches there were from Zenith on the one hand the simple undecorated simple watches often in chrome-plated nickel case with additional 24 hour display in the outer ring. Beside the "function watches" for railwaymen etc. were still Tula cases in the offer however ouh their great artful time of the pictures was past. Probably adapted to the mechanization of the working processes, there were usually "chipmunks" in some variations and similar clear patterns. New were flat and very flat tailcoat watches which came up slowly in the middle of the 1920's and appeared in a noble simple as well as in a courageous design. Savonnettes, which were just here in Germany once again completely gold-plated and flat on "en vogue", were hardly to be found in the brochure. Maybe the brochure from around 1930 was still too young.
    Zenith already made it possible around 1928: A little extravagance for the cosmopolitan man :

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    The dial is made of slightly domed mother-of-pearl with applied indices:
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    The silver case is covered with green dyed lizard leather, that I cannot assign exactly:
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    The movement is the so-called BAS version, which is a somewhat flatter built 17 3/4 VSI with a height of 4.25 cm. So, this watch is not yet one of those extra flat watches, which were equipped with the 3.4 mm high EPVS, or to satisfy the demand, a purchased movement from another manufacturer. According to the movement number, this movement was built in 1927/28.
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    I hope you enjoy this gem like I do

    Best whishes for 2020
    Silke
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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    Nice watch, congrats!!!


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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    What a wonderful watch, Silke! I presumed from the start that this would have a "Bas" movement inside. I presume that this would have been an "opera" watch, despite the fact that it still has a full (although smaller than the "standard" 19''') movement and subseconds display (some would argue that true "opera" watches had quite small wrist watch movements and a fairly thick movement holder ring to make them extra flat but the overall style with mother-of-pearl dial and lizard skin case is something that most gents would not have worn every day).

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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    Beautiful. A taste of the extravagance of the roaring twenties.

    What is the diameter?

    Does it have a case number as well?
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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    HI sempervivens. Sorry I forget these data:
    The size is: 49,3 mm in diameter and inkluding the mieral Glas it is 9,8 mm hoch but looks more flat.
    The case is marked inside. A dustcover don't excist: swiss bear , 0.900 siver, german silver mark, Zenith Logo and Number 3329993

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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    What a lovely dial. The texture and colour is amazing, love the back of the pocket watch too

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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    Thanks Silke. Definitely a man's watch then. Very nice, the crisp inscriptions in the caseback. Interesting German silver mark, is that a waning moon and mitre?
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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    It is the impereal crown. The hallmarks are from 1.1.1888: Gemany has had an Emperor until 1918. With the end of the WW1 the military and political collapse ended the monarchy.

    Here are the Watch Hallmarks . https://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Kontrollstempel
    The text is german but gold is gold and silver is Silber and easy to understand
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    Yeah man that is a beauty! Enjoy it

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    Re: A little extravagance for the man of the mid 1920 until mid 1930s

    I like to see that buyers of past ages had extravagant tastes. It makes the current watch market seem more normal. Silke, you’ve posted many nice pieces over time, but I think this one is my favourite.

    Zenith should launch some form of rerelease with the same minerals, a mother of pearl dial and lizard skin strap. Maybe with the Elite movement. There’s probably already a Star Elite model from the early 2000s today corresponds to that description.
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