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  1. Wibbles

    Wibbles Jun 18, 2017

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    1935 Zenith centre seconds "Extra Special". Family heirloom piece.
     
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  2. river rat

    river rat Jun 18, 2017

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    Nice watch I like yours better than mine. A little info for the forum there were three models of these one with second bit and one with sweep hand and one with just hours and no type of second hand. The two rarest are the sweep hand and no second hand due to less of them out there. I was wondering can you tell us some of the family history of your watch. Wished I known the history of mine am waiting for Zenith to send a archive letter for mine so mite find out some thing.
     
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  3. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Jun 18, 2017

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  4. Wibbles

    Wibbles Jun 19, 2017

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    My dad knew a chap who was a Luftwaffe pilot in WW2(Stukas and later on fighters) and he got it from him. He never really wore it, as in the days before huge watches are better :) the fashion was for smaller "dress watches" for men. I remember wearing it myself when I was younger and it would attract stares. It still does actually. One of the few watches I have that gets noticed by people not infected by watchitis. :) Scarily accurate too. Unlike many of the other brands with this design Zenith used a full sized movement with the bigger balance for accuracy(and one reason for the large size in the first place). Many of the Helvetias have a small movement held in by a spacer. I've had a few of this design over the years bought before the hobby exploded and so did prices. Helvetia, Omega(sold that. Doh!::facepalm2::) and a couple of Zeniths including a spare centre seconds and a no second, even a "boy's/women's size" example that was identical in layout, but 34mm. All gone now save for the above one. I'd never sell that.

    The design of these watches has always fascinated me. So many manufacturers produced this design; Zenith, Longines, Heuer, Breitling, Omega, Mimo/GP and a host of smaller marques. For such a widely produced and consistent design for pilots watches there seems to be little information regarding where the design originated. It seems to have been popular in central Europe. It never caught on in the English speaking world. Pilot's watches were generally much smaller in those markets.

    Oh and a certain Mr Bruce Springsteen has one.

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    Almost certainly a Zenith and the centre seconds one.
     
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  5. river rat

    river rat Jun 19, 2017

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    Also read that the Treaty of Versailles after WW1 prevented the Germans Air Force from marking equipment like watches and Zenith Special were used by the Luftwaffe in the 1930's so unmarked no issue marks. So with what you said that story could be true.
     
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  6. gr8sw

    gr8sw Jun 24, 2017

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  7. Maybe

    Maybe Jul 3, 2017

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    Keepin it chronometre:
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  8. minutenrohr

    minutenrohr Jul 4, 2017

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    Zenith Defy A 3651:
     
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  9. cell1010

    cell1010 Jul 4, 2017

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    Great diver in lovely condition.

    Here my A386 that was found a few weeks back in a drawer where it spent the last 20 odd years...
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  10. Frederic_gva

    Frederic_gva Jul 6, 2017

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    Mint A386 mk2
     
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  11. cell1010

    cell1010 Jul 6, 2017

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  12. trgolf

    trgolf Jul 10, 2017

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  13. Maybe

    Maybe Jul 17, 2017

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    New glass and shoes:
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  14. MAJ75

    MAJ75 Jul 22, 2017

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    Absolutely stunning, I would love to have one like this in the future.........................
     
  15. Skrotis

    Skrotis Jul 22, 2017

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    Arrived last week whit the normal problems whit the hands image.jpeg
     
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  16. khmt2

    khmt2 Jul 22, 2017

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    Was this the one on Tradera?
     
  17. minutenrohr

    minutenrohr Aug 8, 2017

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  18. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Aug 15, 2017

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    Hello! Here is my cal 106 P-6. IMG_20170814_195326.jpg IMG_20170814_195308.jpg IMG_20170814_195046.jpg IMG_20170814_194618.jpg IMG_20170814_084331.jpg IMG_20170814_084014.jpg
     
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  19. georgeszaslavsky

    georgeszaslavsky Aug 16, 2017

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  20. papaebetu

    papaebetu Aug 16, 2017

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    Extremly rare & hot summer: 18kt

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