Zodiac

1970s Zodiac Sea-Chron (Ref. 872-840)

$ 4,250

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 Sea-Chron was a charming step to modernizing the brand to offer more sophisticated designs that their competitors were producing. The diving chronograph is powered by the Valjoux cal. 726 and shares some aesthetic design cues to its counterparts during the era, namely Heuer, Zenith, and Movado. However, the Sea-Chron remains unique through the classic Zodiac flare that collectors are starting to notice. 

SPECS

Stock # ZSCH872840
Brand Zodiac
Style Sea-Chron
Model 872-840
Serial 22XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 39
Bracelet 2pc Canvas Strap

CASE & BRACELET

The case is in excellent condition and shows signs of being potentially lightly polished in the past while retaining thick chamfers on full and symmetrical lugs with light signs of use. The anodized pale silver bezel with dark grey accents has a unique and attractive aesthetic, the bezel is in great overall condition showing only a light amount of use at the 3 o'clock position. The case retains its original pump pushers and Zodiac signed crown. The case back retains all of its original factory markings. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc canvas strap.

DIAL & HANDS

The matte black chronograph dial is beautifully preserved, displaying no blemishes or damage on the dial itself. The white sub-dials show some minimal signs of age and accent the watch nicely. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming yellow patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the minute hand exhibits some very minor cracking and remains stable, the bottom window of the hour hand displays similar cracking and remains stable, the upper window is fully intact. 

ACCESSORIES 

None. The watch is in perfect working condition, previous service history is unknown.