Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405
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    Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    Hi everyone,

    I would like to share one of my favorite everyday watches :

    The Zenith af/p caliber 405 in mint condition, with Zenith bracelet and crown, recently serviced.

    The calibre was made together with Movado. An "alta frequenza/precisione" watch beating extremely fast at 36.000 Hz, which perhaps leads to an extra need for maintenance but also to a very lovely acoustic. This watch was made specifically for the Italian market, considering the day-date window. The watch dates back to 1969-1971 and around 34.000 pieces were made.

    Are there more af/p watches on this forum ? Would love to see them !

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    Re: Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    Congrats, it looks very nice, in excellent condition. The bracelet looks like a later addition, it also has the later logo. I love those chunky indices. I also like the movement with its smooth sweep seconds. When you say 34.400 pieces were made, obviously you mean the movement, which was used for different models. As this was produced ca. 1969-1971, does it have a case number on the back?
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    Re: Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    Yes , you are right. The bracelet was put on at a later stage. I believe the original bracelet is the NSA bracelet. Very collectible too, but it comes with a price tag.

    Yes sorry, I was referring to the Cal 405 and not this type specifically. I have seen them in a variety of Zenith respirators too.

    As for the reference , the case states : 712D167.

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    Re: Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    Yes, that dates it to 1969/1970.
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    Re: Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    the cal 405 was based on an AS movement not sure that it was an inhouse movement.
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    Re: Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    Quote Originally Posted by georges zaslavsky View Post
    the cal 405 was based on an AS movement not sure that it was an inhouse movement.
    Maybe you're mistaken? Cal 405 was an original Movado movement, as shown by Ranfft here. And since Movado was working together with Zenith, it can be considered 'inhouse' for Zenith as well.
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    Re: Watch of the day: vintage Zenith af/p cal 405

    Agreed: among other things, there was no modern AS movement with the balance cock going from left to right (with the watch placed so that the balance is at the bottom).

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