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There are plenty of Zenith dress watches around. This was my first vintage buy and I still have it

 

 

There most certainly are

 

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That's a beauty!  I love seeing vintage pieces with interesting case shapes.  Its also nice to see something we didn't know existed.  I tend to think of them as mainly producing chronographs using the famous El Primero movement, but its nice to see something a bit dressier from them.  Congrats and enjoy!cheers.gif

Thanks all!

@Dino944 El Primero obviously was their commercially biggest brand name/caliber but there's a lot of other stuff. Early 70s versions of these square ones have 28 800 bph calibers, I think there's 36 000 bph stuff also so their dress watch calibers certainly weren't shabby, either. Through the 50's up until quartz crisis, they certainly held their own to any of the major brands. I think Rolex then took the marketing advantage during 70s and 80s to others.

Was also looking the "Kennedy" squares but the Kennedy connection (which I think has been proven historically wrong) has pushed the prices up.

@mimo, make an offer before I get too emotionally attached to this wink.gif
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I'm always looking for new places to try in your neck of the woods.  Which restaurant?  

 

Here are a few more quick pix of the BLNR from the weekend.  

 

 

Jeepers, now THAT's a dessert.

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Nowhere fashionable. Eastern Standard, outside the Hotel Commonwealth (about three blocks from Fenway Park). Good service, non-hipster New American menu, spacious 1930s-ish interior. It's that place you keep going back to when the flavors of the month get tedious. The manager, Andrew, has always been very good to me. I've never found a piece of grit or broken shell in one of their shucked oysters. That's a pretty rare level of care. 

Hi Boston, thanks for the info.  Yes, I'm familiar with it.  I stayed at the hotel about 2 years ago. I've only eaten breakfast at the hotel, but I'll have to try Eastern Standard for dinner sometime.  Thanks!

 

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Thanks all!

@Dino944 El Primero obviously was their commercially biggest brand name/caliber but there's a lot of other stuff. Early 70s versions of these square ones have 28 800 bph calibers, I think there's 36 000 bph stuff also so their dress watch calibers certainly weren't shabby, either. Through the 50's up until quartz crisis, they certainly held their own to any of the major brands. I think Rolex then took the marketing advantage during 70s and 80s to others.

Was also looking the "Kennedy" squares but the Kennedy connection (which I think has been proven historically wrong) has pushed the prices up.

Hi Kimmo, 

 

Congrats again your your wonderful find!  Yes, I am aware that they have made watches outside of the El Primero chronograph based pieces.  I was merely commenting that its nice to see something from them that isn't a chronograph for a change and in an interesting case shape.  Most Zenith's I see are El Primero chronos.  Its a fantastic movement, so I can see why it is so popular and well respected, its just nice to see something less common.

 

Rolex did have a strong advertising campaign, but I think Zenith's biggest commercial issue was caused by trade mark problems and brand recognition involving the Zenith television brand.  So a lot of people in the US during the 1970s, 1980s, etc. didn't know anything about the watch brand.  To be honest, I only learned of the brand about 20 something years ago, when I found out the then current Rolex Daytona's movement was based on the El Primero movement.  Even beyond that I don't believe there were any store carrying it in my part of the US until maybe the very late 1990s.

 

I could be wrong but I believe the square Kennedy watch was an Omega. 

 

Anyway, great find thanks for sharing some pix with us. 

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Jeepers, now THAT's a dessert.

Yes, that's why I brought reinforcements...Mrs. Dino helped with the dessert.  Actually, neither of us were hungry for dinner that night...perhaps I'm onto a new diet plan ;)

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That's my understanding as well.

 

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I could be wrong but I believe the square Kennedy watch was an Omega. 

 

 

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Here are a few more quick pix of the BLNR from the weekend.  

 

That is a lot of sugar right there; really mouth-watering.  The dessert and BLNR aren't bad either.

 

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@mimo, make an offer before I get too emotionally attached to this wink.gif

 

I don't know what to say or where to look.  Why would you say such a thing?!

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Hi Boston, thanks for the info.  Yes, I'm familiar with it.  I stayed at the hotel about 2 years ago. I've only eaten breakfast at the hotel, but I'll have to try Eastern Standard for dinner sometime.  Thanks!

Hi Kimmo, 

Congrats again your your wonderful find!  Yes, I am aware that they have made watches outside of the El Primero chronograph based pieces.  I was merely commenting that its nice to see something from them that isn't a chronograph for a change and in an interesting case shape.  Most Zenith's I see are El Primero chronos.  Its a fantastic movement, so I can see why it is so popular and well respected, its just nice to see something less common.

Rolex did have a strong advertising campaign, but I think Zenith's biggest commercial issue was caused by trade mark problems and brand recognition involving the Zenith television brand.  So a lot of people in the US during the 1970s, 1980s, etc. didn't know anything about the watch brand.  To be honest, I only learned of the brand about 20 something years ago, when I found out the then current Rolex Daytona's movement was based on the El Primero movement.  Even beyond that I don't believe there were any store carrying it in my part of the US until maybe the very late 1990s.

I could be wrong but I believe the square Kennedy watch was an Omega. 

Anyway, great find thanks for sharing some pix with us. 

Good point about that Zenith Electronics, esp in the US. From European perspective it seems that Zenith maintained more credibility even during that era.

60s and 70s produced lots of interesting designs, some good, some bad. 1970 example of Zenith: http://nakahiro.parfait.ne.jp/catarog1970/moji/zenith1970.html

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I don't know what to say or where to look.  Why would you say such a thing?!

Hey, my turn to be the enabler here.
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Here's a random shot of my El Primero 1969 chrono (the re-issue model), on mesh bracelet:

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^^^ That's fantastic, Keith.
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That is a lot of sugar right there; really mouth-watering.  The dessert and BLNR aren't bad either.

 

Thanks Mimo!  :cheers:

 

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Good point about that Zenith Electronics, esp in the US. From European perspective it seems that Zenith maintained more credibility even during that era.

60s and 70s produced lots of interesting designs, some good, some bad. 1970 example of Zenith: http://nakahiro.parfait.ne.jp/catarog1970/moji/zenith1970.html
 

The whole Zenith Electronics/TVs etc trademark issues essentially made Zenith watches a forgotten brand in the US for at least 20+ years.

 

There are some very cool vintage Zeniths in that link.  As for the bad ones...the 70's was a tough time for watches.  While we got some iconic designs like the RO, Nautilus, and IWC Ing. Jumbo SL, there were so many bad designs that I suppose were what watch companies thought buyers needed to go with their polyester leisure suits.  Cheers!   

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I suppose were what watch companies thought buyers needed to go with their polyester leisure suits.  Cheers!   

 

I said no clues!

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Sharing a picture of a Tag that I've had for roughly 13 years as I search for something new.

 

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I've tried on the ExII and it is certainly bulkier than the DJII. Feels more like a Sub.

So, yes, the DJII wears lighter. good luck

 

Thanks again!

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Perfect match for today's outfit!

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