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Autosport - Very Pleasant Surprise

  1. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Feb 9, 2013

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    Yesterday I received a watch that has been lost in the mail for nearly a month and a half. It was a humble Zenith AutoSport that I bought because I hadn't ever seen that particular dial before, either on the 'net or in the Zenith literature, and despite the case having been polished smooth of its sunburst texture. I didn't have tremendous hopes for it - more a curiosity than anything else.

    The AutoSports were an early 70s C-cased version of the Sporto, Zenith's everyman's activity watch. They had automatic versions of Zenith's workhorse movements, the 25x2 PC series. Some of them had amusing target dials.

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    The one in question had an anthracite dial.

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    The finish was much shinier than in the seller's pics, and In the manner of shiny dark dials, it did interesting things in the light

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    But what really raised a grin was the dial texture, something that really did not grab the eye in the seller's pics. I decided it was worth getting the macro lens out.

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    Really, a much finer thing than I expected - maybe one of the finest Zenith dials of the era.

    Here with a stablemate
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  2. alam Feb 9, 2013

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    :thumbsup: oh baby! ::love:: plain caseback?
     
  3. MMMD unaffiliated curmudgeonly absurdist & polyologist Feb 9, 2013

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    Not that he'll ever part with it, but.. for the little that it's worth... dibs!
     
  4. MMMD unaffiliated curmudgeonly absurdist & polyologist Feb 9, 2013

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    Man, guess I picked the wrong day to bust out this thing:

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    ...though I did enjoy my three minutes of AutoSport dominance. ;)
     
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  5. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Feb 9, 2013

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    Plain Jane. Nothing special about the movement either. The case is aggressively overpolished - it should have a brushed radial finish.

    Sorry! Hard to show restraint though, as I've been more than six weeks waiting for this thing. I think everyone at the US Customs office must have worn it for a day before they boxed it back up and sent it on.
     
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  6. ulackfocus Feb 9, 2013

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    Lou - Steve can restore the radial brushed finish. That's a killer dial. Put that on the list of watches I want to see the next time we both attend a GTG.
     
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  7. m neuman What, me worry? Feb 9, 2013

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    Very nice gear! Stunning