1970s Zodiac Olympos Automatic Gold Cap (Ref. 723-928)
When it comes to vintage watch brands, Zodiac is definitely one of the more under-the-radar options. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, Zodiac was a highly respected challenger to brands like Rolex, Blancpain, and Tudor, mostly thanks to the iconic Sea-Wolf. And perhaps due in part to not having the same clout as some of the aforementioned brands, Zodiac was known for being a bit more adventurous, utilizing bright color schemes and unique case shapes across their offerings.
One of those unique case shapes can be found here, in this 1970s Zodiac Olympos. After the widespread success of the Sea-Wolf throughout the ‘50s, Zodiac was ready to expand their platform, and this was one of the ways they chose to do so. Originally released in 1961, the signature “manta ray” shaped watch offered a much more elegant and dressy alternative to the sporty look of the Sea-Wolf while still being exciting and unique, thanks also to the 2 o’clock crown placement.
Offered here in a gold-capped case, the Olympos is a definite conversation starter with a unique story and a whole lot of mid-century charm.
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The excellent gold-capped "Manta-Ray" case is believed to remain unpolished and retains very crisp, full, and symmetrical lugs that display very minimal signs of use. The case retains its original Zodiac signed crown which operates the quickset date function. The case back retains all of its original finishing and factory markings, there are tool marks present on the case back from previous attempts of opening the case back. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc leather strap.
DIAL & HANDS
The original silver dial has a unique depth due to the quarter-brushed sections that split up the dial. The dial itself features gold markers and exhibits almost no signs of age. The original sword-shaped hands are in fantastic condition. The date wheel offers a unique change of pace with blue numbers instead of the usual black or red.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.