Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
There are certain watches that make you question your deeply-held notions about what watches are "supposed" to be. For example, chronographs have historically been indispensable tools in warfare, crucial for tasks such as coordinating the intricate ballet that is an army on the march. They’ve also been used in the arena of motorsports, timing the laps of some of the greatest drivers known ever to take to the track.
For a chronograph to do its job, it doesn’t need to be fancy. All that’s required are two pushers, one to start and the other to stop (in some cases, all you need is one!), and two or three registers on the dial to capture the passing minutes and hours. It doesn’t need to be beautiful, it doesn’t need to awe anyone with its looks, it just needs to do its job with a minimum amount of fuss.
So the very notion of a gold chronograph flies in the face of what a chronograph, by its very nature, was originally intended to be; and yet a chronograph such as this one is so undeniably beautiful that these preconceptions are instantly swept away.
With a wide-eyed dial (thanks to the architecture of the watch’s movement, a Martel Calibre 156H) and a slim, solid gold case, this chronograph is just the sort of thing that Zenith excelled at in the 1950s.
Little details such as the 60 minute track (in black) and a telemeter track in dark blue hint at the chronograph’s sporting heritage, like all good chronographs. But the elongated hash marks in the 45-minute register at 3, 6 and 9 minutes imply that this watch might have had a more dignified purpose. In the days of long distance telephone calls, prices would go up at intervals of three minutes; and since phone companies would rather let you go over the allotted time (and thus rack up charges), canny watch manufactures included this feature on their chronographs so that the owner could keep track of his minutes and terminate the call before the long distance charges mounted further.
This particular example is in absolutely wonderful condition, its 38mm yellow gold case blessedly free from the kind of scars that precious metal commonly (and woefully) accrues over years of daily wear. The dial is crisp and elegant, with applied gold markers and dauphine hands. Coming complete with a box and a solid gold bracelet, this chronograph is the perfect choice for the discerning gentleman who knows just how precious his time really is.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.