1970s Zodiac Zodia-Chron Hermetic (Ref. 692-841)
Zodiac made several sports models in the 50s-60s and were direct competitors to Rolex, Blancpain, and Tudor but are often looked over as they don't receive the same clout as the aforementioned companies. Keeping this in mind, Zodiac is one of the more undervalued Swiss timepiece companies to come from this "golden era" of sports watches. From then, Zodiac went on to produce countless other quality sport and dress models that to this day remain at an affordable price point, but still carry the colorful Zodiac charm.
The Zodiac Zodia-Chron Hermetic Chronograph is definitely one of the more celebrated amongst the early Zodiac models for both its rarity and stylish aesthetic. The Zodia-Chron features one of the most intricate dials produced by Zodiac out of this era, displaying many different characteristics that make it so attractive. The multi-stepped dial has a metallic outer track with red accents (the only color on the dial) with a brushed silver main dial and matte white receded sub-dials. This combination of dial levels and textures makes for a very sophisticated design, that elevates what could have just been another silver dial chronograph out of this era.
The impressive dial design along with the classic "dot over 90" bezel insert, the Valjoux 72 chronograph movement, and the black enamel inlay hands and markers, the Zodia-Chron is a wolf in sheep's clothing in terms of being a truly special watch without the price tags of its competitors at the time.
The sharp case is believed to remain unpolished, showing light honest signs of use. The original dot-over-90 bezel shows very light signs of use and has faded to an excellent grey coloration. The case retains its original Zodiac signed crown and pump pushers. The case back retains all of its factory engravings in crisp condition. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The multidimensional dial is in very well preserved condition, showing only light signs of aging throughout. The metallic outer track is very clean with normal aging, the 3 o'clock red marker shows some chipping. The silver main dial with vertically brushing is in excellent vintage condition with only some light markings, the text all remains is fully intact. The matte white sub-dials are flawless and remain bright white in coloration. The tritium lume plots have aged to a dark patina, under U.V. light inspection all of the lume plots are all present, however, there is consistent degradation throughout. The original tritium hands match the dial lume nicely and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
None. The watch is in perfect working condition, extended service history is unknown.