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    Rainbow Flyback Question

    HI All
    I purchased a Rainbow Flyback (40mm version) in the summer. It looked excellent and has the Luminova dial. I had thought these dials were later than the Tritium ones...the watch has been out to my repairman and will be back soon. A few things that I noticed when he sent pics of the movement is that it is only marked 405, so I assume not a 405z, and there are numbers on it that look to indicate possible manufacture date of 3/93...can anyone shed light on this?

    I appreciate your time in advance...thank you
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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ralfoto View Post
    HI All
    I purchased a Rainbow Flyback (40mm version) in the summer. It looked excellent and has the Luminova dial. I had thought these dials were later than the Tritium ones...the watch has been out to my repairman and will be back soon. A few things that I noticed when he sent pics of the movement is that it is only marked 405, so I assume not a 405z, and there are numbers on it that look to indicate possible manufacture date of 3/93...can anyone shed light on this?

    I appreciate your time in advance...thank you
    Can’t answer your question, but want to say congrats!! That’s a beauty!


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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    Hi there,

    It does look excellent, congratulations. The first Rainbow Flybacks manufactured c. 1997 still had tritium dials and came on a leather band; by 1999 this had changed to luminova and cal 405 Z; so yours most likely dates to c. 1998. The number on the movement (100393?) is not a date but a serial number. With this number Zenith could perhaps give you more details if you purchase an extract from the archives.

    Hope this helps,

    Quote Originally Posted by ralfoto View Post
    HI All
    I purchased a Rainbow Flyback (40mm version) in the summer. It looked excellent and has the Luminova dial. I had thought these dials were later than the Tritium ones...the watch has been out to my repairman and will be back soon. A few things that I noticed when he sent pics of the movement is that it is only marked 405, so I assume not a 405z, and there are numbers on it that look to indicate possible manufacture date of 3/93...can anyone shed light on this?

    I appreciate your time in advance...thank you
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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    Sempervivens,

    Thank you so much for your information...it helps immensely especially with the dating of the watch. I am looking forward to getting it back in the next weeks and wearing it.
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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    Robert, thanks for sharing, and wear it in good health.
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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    Pages from the 1999 UK catalogue, £2195 on the bracelet.

    I find it interesting that the size of the watches is never mentioned in this puplication, nowadays people are obsessed to the degree that if X is the minium size for you 1mm less is unacceptable.
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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    My ChronoMaster El Primero has a movement serial number of 92154 and was sold in September 1996 (to its first time buyer - I got it second hand). The movement serial number is of vital importance in my watch since it is COSC tested and the number needs to go on the certificate. But I think that Zenith may well be able to give you a precise date on the basis of that number.

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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    thank you Longjean....it is really nice to have this information...I can hardly wait until I get the watch back...soon.

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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    Can anyone briefly summarize the difference between the 405 and 405z. I’ve got a 405z that i wear daily and would love to know.

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    Re: Rainbow Flyback Question

    As far as I know, it's merely the exact size of the lever fork and the number of teeth in the escapement gear and the corresponding pinion (to make the seconds gear still go round once a minute).

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