Zenith reference 3632 in near mint condition. A true diver from 1960- 120m water resistant- in fully original condition with the large hands that increase readability and the original 1960 crown and perlon strap from that era with golden buckle. The sixties have been previously described as the golden era of watchmaking. The older brother of the previously introduced Defy. The watch has an automatic caliber 2542pc- with date, central seconds and incabloc produced between 1964 and 1969. This movement was followed up by the 1969 Defy A3651 I owned (fitted with a caliber 2552pc- noted by automatic only on the dial) and then followed by the 2562pc- with the famous frequency portrayed at the dial (see previous post about the "miura" Cassaforte del Tempo). It is part of a larger serie of divers, including the reference 3634 (blue dial, stainless steel, world timer- 50m waterproof) and the reference 3630 (black dial, stainless steel, 120m waterproof). If you go through old catalogues it is fascinating to see how the current market has developed- this edition, the P3632 was more expensive than the stainless steel models back in the days. It was seen as a premium upgrade (very similar to the captain deluxe edition).Considering the current bubble of stainless steel sport models we are in, this is not true anymore today. I have always been more a dress watch kind of person as opposed to someone who enjoys heavy toolwatches (hence, I don't have a Zenith plongeur 1000m yet in my collection) I can really appreciate this crossover between luxury, elegance and functionality- it can be worn with a suit too. At 38mm, this is also the largest Zenith watch in my collection. Plaque by Huguenin Frčres.
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