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This is my first Zenith!

  1. lonemian

    lonemian Aug 25, 2019

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    I picked it up on eBay recently. the coffin looking index and well-balanced sub second took my heart at the first sight, so I paid 190$ without much thought....

    However, I’d like to know the model ref. interestingly it has no star logo... is it old model? what logo should it have? I’m thinking about buying aftermarket zenith crown for the current generic one.
     
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  2. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Aug 25, 2019

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    Yes, it is an old model. No reference number, only the serial numbers on case and movement.

    Unfortunately the upper case is chrome, but you did not pay a lot for it. It is possible that the watch was produced before the star crowns were used.
     
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  3. lonemian

    lonemian Aug 25, 2019

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    Thank you so much for the input! as a noob, I’m curious to know 1. why chrome plating matter and 2. the reasonable price of this one(I paid $205 including shipping.)
     
  4. pongster

    pongster Aug 25, 2019

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    Congrats.

    Hope to join this club soon.
     
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  5. CaptainWinsor

    CaptainWinsor Aug 25, 2019

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    Some of the older models have stars on the dial some don’t. Same with crowns. Ref numbers are hard to find unless you have old catalogs/advertisements or get an extract
     
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  6. amcclell

    amcclell Aug 25, 2019

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    I have a 106 from the early 50's that had no star, as well. 20190824_094218.jpg
     
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  7. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Aug 25, 2019

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    You are welcome. Chrome plating was used as a (cheaper) alternative to steel, and especially in the 1940s when there were restrictions on steel usage due to WWII. It is disliked by collectors as it is not as durable as steel, and looks somewhat cheap in comparison. You can see the corrosion on the back of the lugs of your watch.

    Given the good condition of the top of the case, dial, and movement, you appear to have paid a fair price. But as you haven't provided any photos of the back of the case, that assessment may be a bit generous.
     
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  8. lonemian

    lonemian Aug 25, 2019

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    Thanks for the lesson to such a noob! Surprised to know the steel usage restriction during ww2. I consulted with my watchmen, saying $80 for re-coating the case with Rhodium but not sure about the value (the appearance, durability, etc). Should I go for re-coat? or go as-is with quick aid(eg. applying silver color nail coat on the corroded side)?

    Thanks for enlightening watch primitive :p

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  9. Tony C.

    Tony C. Ωf Jury member Aug 25, 2019

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    I'd leave the case as is. It looks good enough on the wrist.

    Do get the movement serviced, though, assuming that you plan to wear the watch with some regularity.
     
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  10. Walrus

    Walrus Aug 25, 2019

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    You will probably pay more or a little under what you paid for the watch to get it serviced. But you picked up a decent Zenith for 190 to add to your collection. I probably would have done the same
     
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  11. CaptainWinsor

    CaptainWinsor Aug 25, 2019

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    Any Zenith for $200 is a good get IMO
     
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  12. pongster

    pongster Sep 21, 2019

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    My first as well
     
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  13. CaptainWinsor

    CaptainWinsor Sep 21, 2019

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    Very nice 1st
     
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  14. Amg786s

    Amg786s Oct 26, 2019

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    Nice. Congrats
     
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  15. amcclell

    amcclell Oct 26, 2019

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    The tricolor dial is a classic.
     
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  16. fskywalker

    fskywalker Nov 19, 2019

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    Congrats !
     
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  17. aangelsalazarr

    aangelsalazarr Nov 30, 2019

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    Awesome Watch!
     
  18. Strangedream

    Strangedream Dec 2, 2019

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    Welcome to the club! My first watch was a Zenith too, I thought it would be great to start a collection with a watch that's literally called "the first".
     
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