I am new to this forum although I have owned a Zenith (El Primero 36000 VpH white dial) since 2016.
I have always wanted a Daytona, but I could not find the fortitude to buy into a 30K CAD grey market watch.
Like many here I am sure, some research on the Daytona helped me to find the Zenith Caliber 400 connection for the 1988-2000 Daytona's.
Searching some watch sites and I am able to find many examples at almost 10 times less than the Daytona - I loved the way they looked - and I pulled the trigger.
I was able to get the 01.0360.400, which I am told from the sticky on this forum was limited to 1660 units. Being an 01, I recognize that my watch started its like with a strap versus the stainless steel band. The one that came with mine seems to be period accurate (please do let me know if I am incorrect - on this and anything else I wrote lol - I am not an expert).
I have a few questions, some that might cause some purists some pain - so I apologize in advance:
Quick question on diameter; I see 40mm most of the time with some 39mm. Is the difference because of the inner ring on some of the later Rainbows (making the dial smaller)?
My watch seems to be in good shape. It seems to be all original. Caseback is correct for the watch, there were no movement pics. I could not find an example that was not polished - and I sure that my example has as well (the seller stated it has been polished "once"). My watch is a 1992/1993. My caseback seems to have some solid scratches - I am asking for more clear pictures. I had thought of getting a NOS caseback for it - but I think this watch has to stay true to its age. I am sure more will agree with the unspoken vintage "do not touch"/all original rule? One of the pushers looks like it has either dirt or rust - I am somewhat worried about that. I have sourced a NOS pusher - thoughts?.
While you may be cringing on that question, I will ask about the bracelet. Does anyone know (brace yourselves) - if an oyster will fit the case? This is informational only...I am just wondering...
The not so painful question: servicing the watch; I have a local watchmaster that is fairly famous - which is awesome. For those with these watches, are any of the movement components overly rare (can they be sourced) or expensive? Are there areas of the watch to look out for (hands, dial, bezel, pushers, crown, bracelet, etc.)? Can a proper servicing be had without it having to go to Zenith? Should I only go to Zenith? Does Zenith follow most manufacturers and replace everything?
Last question - overall operation of these watches after a servicing: has the movement been solid? Has anyone measured the tolerances/time?
This watch is going to be in my collection forever, so i am interested to know in everyone's experiences with their watches.
Thank-you for your help everyone!