Zodiac Olympos 'Mystery Dial'

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REF 702-918
Automatic
35 MM
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SKU AS08346
Article Number 40991361
ref 702-918
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Lawrence beige Cervo leather strap with signed steel pin buckle.
material Cervo
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal, honest wear from age and use with strong factory finishing. Sunburst silver dial with applied Tritium hour hand is in fantastic condition with matching minute hand showing even patination. Signed crown.
REF 702-918
Automatic
35 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08346
Article Number 40991361
ref 702-918
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Silver
material Stainless Steel
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Lawrence beige Cervo leather strap with signed steel pin buckle.
material Cervo
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal, honest wear from age and use with strong factory finishing. Sunburst silver dial with applied Tritium hour hand is in fantastic condition with matching minute hand showing even patination. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

In the mid-20th century, watch designers were thinking outside the box. 

Way outside the box. These days, it’s all vintage reissues peppered with the occasional, original exception — Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo comes to mind — but back then, every other timepiece was seemingly some wacky, ass-kicking design.

For Zodiac, the success of their SeaWolf having debuted in the early 1950s, allowed the brand to expand on their function-forward tool watch designs, innovate mechanically, and have a little fun every now and then with pieces like the Astro, and the watch that we have here: an Olympos 'Mystery Dial.'

Coming in at 35mm in diameter with an asymmetrical stainless steel case, an acrylic crystal, and a signed crown, it features a sunburst silver dial with an applied Tritium hour hand on its central rotating disk, an outer steel graduated chapter ring, a matching Tritium minute hand, and a central seconds hand.

Powered by Zodiac'c Calibre 70-72 automatic winding movement, this piece comes fitted to one of our Analog:Shift beige Cervo leather straps with a signed steel pin buckle.

Wild. Excellent.

Don't sleep on this one!

Brand Story

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Zodiac in its current guise produces affordable tool watches as part of the Fossil Group, who thankfully appreciate the brand’s heritage and wide appeal. However, the Swiss-founded firm is notable for one of the most important developments in modern watchmaking history: namely, the commercially available dive watch.

Though preceded chronologically by the Omega Marine of 1932, the 1953 Zodiac Sea Wolf — which debuted alongside the more famous Rolex Submariner and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms that same year — provided the benchmark for contemporary dive watch design. Slightly later, its availability at overseas PX’s (post exchanges) on American military bases entered it into Vietnam War-era horological lore.

Zodiac was well placed to present such a watch on the international market, having developed flat pocket watches in the 1920s, early automatic watches in the 1930s and power reserve complications in the 1940s. In fact, the company’s horological prowess extends all the way back to 1882, when founder Ariste Calame opened a watchmaking workshop in Le Locle, Switzerland. More complicated watches followed, including the Aerospace GMT, which featured a bi-directional, two-tone bezel and a GMT hand in the vein of its contemporary dual-time brethren from the likes of Rolex.

The company’s chronographs from the 1960s — including the wildly complicated, Valjoux-powered triple calendar — are no less notable. Available in black or white “panda” or “reverse panda” dials, many of these chronographs are more affordable alternatives to offerings from larger, blue-chip brands such as Heuer and Breitling.

Though values have increased somewhat over the past five to 10 years, vintage Zodiac remains a refuge for those interested in genuine, purpose-built tool watches developed for working professionals at prices that don’t break the bank.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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