Zodiac Standard 1961 National Matches High Rifle Award Watch

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Manual-winding
26 MM
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SKU AS09498
Article Number 40991867
case size 26 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color White
material Yellow Gold
style Military
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed, alligator leather strap with gold-tone pin buckle. Also includes original inner and outer presentation box, papers, and hangtags.
overall condition Fantastic condition overall. Case is excellent showing only light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial is superb.
Manual-winding
26 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09498
Article Number 40991867
case size 26 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color White
material Yellow Gold
style Military
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed, alligator leather strap with gold-tone pin buckle. Also includes original inner and outer presentation box, papers, and hangtags.
overall condition Fantastic condition overall. Case is excellent showing only light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Dial is superb.

Why We Love it

What is it about vintage watches that gets our hearts racing?

It’s the quaint aesthetic, beautiful patina, and the history they represents that tugs at our heartstrings time and time again. And if we can betray the romantic in us for a moment, it’s the untold stories imbued into each and every mark, scuff and scratch that give a timepiece that undeniable charm we so desperately love.

This Zodiac checks all these boxes — and more! 

Dating to the early 1960s, this piece features a stylized 26mm 14K yellow gold case with ‘fancy’ lugs, a signed crown, and a fantastic, faceted acrylic crystal. The white dial has patinated to a delightful cream tone and features applied, ‘dagger,’ gold indices; a constant seconds subsidiary register at 6 o’clock; and a matching gold handset.

The caseback reveals that this piece was presented to the Air Force Times Award for High Rifle during the 1961 National Matches celebrating exceptional marksmanship.

Accompanied by its original inner and outer presentation box, papers, hangtags, and a signed, alligator leather strap with a matching gold-tone pin buckle, this piece offers up an incredible opportunity to own an interesting piece of history. 

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.

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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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