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  1. lexalot Dec 15, 2013

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    Hello all- I am considering a Mega Port Royal. I am new to high end watches and Zenith. Can anyone tell me about the watch? It doesn't look like it's made anymore. Is there anyway to tell how long its been sitting? Thanks in advance.

    Zenith Mega Port Royal Open Grand Date Chrono 03.0560.4039/21.R512



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  2. ulackfocus Dec 15, 2013

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    Are you, by any chance, related to this guy?:

     
  3. lexalot Dec 15, 2013

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    Sorry to disappoint but no. I would love to hear something about the watch though. What price I should pay? What year it is? Etc.
     
  4. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Dec 15, 2013

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    I'd advise against going for any watch that includes the prefix "Mega".
     
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  5. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Dec 15, 2013

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    Lex, there's not a lot of love for the Zeniths from the Nataf era on this forum. They are not bad watches, but the design vibe is a little out of synch with the mainly vintage scene around here. I'm not sure any of the regulars can give you a sophisticated appraisal of this one. You'll want to find a fellow named ducatidoc - he hangs out (or used to hang out, at any rate) at TimeZone or Wathcuseek and has knowledge of these models.
     
  6. SpikiSpikester @ ΩF Staff Member Dec 15, 2013

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    There's an exception to every rule

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    (Picture by CFR from WUS forums)

    :)
     
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  7. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Dec 15, 2013

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    I can't begin to tell you how ironic it strikes me that the exception you point out is when the prefix is used before "quartz"!
     
  8. SpikiSpikester @ ΩF Staff Member Dec 15, 2013

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    The name may be naff but they were still landmark watches :p
     
  9. ulackfocus Dec 15, 2013

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    I like "mega". I reminds me of the badly dubbed Japanese monster movies I watched as a kid.
     
  10. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Dec 15, 2013

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    I saw that one! Mega Port Royal meets Big Bang.
     
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  11. Northernman Lemaniac Dec 15, 2013

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    You all seem to forget about the f720 Megasonic!? Finest electro mechanical movement ever IMHO. And different from the f300 it is all Omega in-house.
     
  12. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Dec 15, 2013

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    That's probably just because the tuning fork movements in general have always had this stigma surrounding parts availability and repair costs, I don't know if f720 suffers from that too but the number of people having to engine swap f300s is higher than makes many people comfortable
     
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  13. Northernman Lemaniac Dec 15, 2013

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    I think the number of watchmakers without the needed skills to service these delicate machines is the key reason.
    I have had several serviced that was bought as "lost cases". All back without major part needs, and humming happily.
    The f720 is a completely different beast from the f300. It is a much more modern movement. The reason why they never succeeded was the dire times when launched in the 70's.

    Anyone not familiar with the f720 should read up! It is one of Omegas biggest ever design feats in my view. The technology behind is hardcore engineering porn.
     
  14. ulackfocus Dec 15, 2013

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    That's because they need computer repair knowledge as well as watchmaking skills. ::stirthepot::

    There'a a battery powering it, right? Mmmmmm, probably not gonna make my reading list. :D
     
  15. Northernman Lemaniac Dec 16, 2013

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    Sorry to say that both above statements are a bit uninformed, or perhaps just biased.

    There are no computer parts inside, and no computer skills needed. Basic knowledge of electricity helps.

    I still maintain my recommendation on making a study. It is one very fine machine!
    A link:http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/acctech720.htm
     
  16. MMMD unaffiliated curmudgeonly absurdist & polyologist Dec 16, 2013

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    If you're going to go "Mega," go 49 mm Mega.
    Now those are shark-tooth markers.

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