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Zenith a384 crown question

  1. Bogatir Oct 2, 2018

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    Hi!
    Can anyone help specify what size crown to source for an a384? I am thinking of restoring a piece that looks like it’s been dragged behind a tractor for two weeks :(
    Thanks!
    PS: borrowed the picture ... this one has not been dragged behind a tractor :)
     
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  2. wristpirate Oct 2, 2018

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    Photos of the actual watch would be good to see and to assess whether it's worth restoring.

    The correct crown diameter is 6.4mm, and has a Zenith nato star logo design
     
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  3. Bogatir Oct 3, 2018

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    Thanks! Here's a picture of the actual watch. As you can see it's been banged up pretty well. I have discussed it with my watchmaker and we think we could do a decent job with the watch, but it would be expensive. Skärmavbild 2018-10-02 kl. 14.28.14.png
     
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  4. Bogatir Oct 3, 2018

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    The winding stem and crown is missing. One of the pushers is a bit askew. The crystal looks like it's been through a shotgun target practice-session :)
    I am only interested in unpolished, untouched watches and this piece seems like it's never been touched. Only abused. Besides the parts missing, the 3019 movement seems ok.
     
  5. Frederic_gva Oct 3, 2018

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    Super hard to fund the right crown for your A384, sadly
     
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  6. wristpirate Oct 3, 2018

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    The crystal has seen better days. If I was a gambling man I'd reckon you have a decent dial under that.

    As stated above, the original crown is not easy to find especially at a palatable price.

    Keep us updated with the restoration.
     
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  7. Bogatir Oct 3, 2018

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    Will keep you posted if I go ahead. You're a good gambler, the dial is decent:
    Skärmavbild 2018-10-03 kl. 22.55.13.png
     
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  8. Bogatir Oct 3, 2018

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    The movement:
    Skärmavbild 2018-10-03 kl. 22.58.59.png
     
  9. georgeszaslavsky Oct 3, 2018

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    The movement is dirty and only on a vibrograph you would be able to know its accuracy. Best thing to do for a crown is to search on ebay or on chrono24, pretty sure that you will find something. If not send your watch to Zenith for full restoration.
     
  10. wristpirate Oct 4, 2018

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    Winner winner chicken dinner
     
  11. Jkuback Nov 21, 2022

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    Resurrecting this thread ::stirthepot::

    Two questions:
    Are pics available from the restored watch ::love::

    #2: anybody Infos on crowns which are not signed? I think I remember reading about A3xx unsigned but original crowns.

    I got info from 1st owner who does not remember service but has an unsigned crown.

    Thanks for help!
     
  12. asrnj77 Nov 21, 2022

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    Don’t recall ever seeing an a384 with an unsigned crown. The spare parts all seem to come from Italy. Stay on eBay and the forums and one will turn up