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Vintage Zenith chronograph watch

Here is a truly fabulous vintage Zenith chronograph watch that dates from the mid-1940's and has all the look and character that is exactly what watch collectors are after - an all original dial that has achieved such a wonderful patina.

This very handsome watch measures 36mm across plus the crown and pushers, and was made in stainless steel and has the rarer telemetre dial, than the conventional chronograph dial. The sub-dial at 3 o'clock goes to 45 minutes, rather than 30 minutes which is seen on nearly all other chronograph watches. This dial was used for timing such as during war when the wearer would start the stopwatch when the cannon fire is seen, stop when the explosion is heard and measure the distance. For example pressing start then stop at 7 seconds would mean that the cannon is 2.8km away.

Inside the gorgeous hand wound Excelsior Park 143 movement has just been completely serviced by our in-house watchmaker, keeps perfect time and comes with our twelve month warranty.

Perfect for someone who is after a very stylish vintage watch, this Zenith really does tick all the right boxes.


Stock# ET294

Maker: Zenith

Circa: 1945



Out of stock


Vintage Zenith chronograph watch

A brief history on Zenith:

Zenith are regarded as one of the finest watch making companies in the world. Since its formation in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith have made superb movements such as the highly regarded Zenith El Primero. Found in the Rolex Daytona between 1990 to 2000, the Zenith El Primero movement is one of the most highly regarded watch movements.

This Zenith is fitted with the Excelsior Park 143 hand wound chronograph movement.

A brief history on Excelsior Park watch movements:

Excelsior Park's history goes back to 1866 when the company was founded by Jules-Frederic Jeanneret, making high grade pocket watch, then watch movements. Having six sons and two daughters who all astonishingly followed in their fathers footsteps by becoming watchmakers, with his son Albert founding the watch company Moeris, and Henri who re-named the company "Excelsior Park" to become more appealing to the English-speaking market.

Excelsior Park continued making watch movements for such companies as Girard Perregaux and Zenith. The company concentrated on producing high grade stop watches and chronograph movements.

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