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1960's Zodiac Aerospace GMT

1960's Zodiac Aerospace GMT

SKU:FWW1286

Regular price $1,895.00 USD
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Description

  • Country of Manufacture - Switzerland
  • Year - 1960's
  • Serial - N/A
  • Model - 752.925
  • Movement & caliber -  Caliber 77
  • Case diameter - 35mm
  • This Item is Final Sale


A stainless steel automatic Zodiac Aerospace GMT. In the mid-1950s, Zodiac, then a renowned and well-respected Swiss manufacture, introduced the Sea Wolf.  While not really debuted until the early 1960s, the Sea Wolf is now considered to be among the first purpose-built dive watches to be manufactured, right alongside the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and the Rolex Submariner.

The success of the Sea Wolf ushered in a new era for Zodiac and allowed the brand to expand its design language to include other tool watches for different uses - such as the Zodia-Chron chronograph, World Time travel watches, and the Aerospace GMT.


Building on a very similar case design, Zodiac constructed a pilot's watch with a similar function-forward approach, and combined features from other, more commonly seen GMTs from other brands - utilizing a 24-hour GMT function, date window at 3 o’clock and a bi-directional rotating 24hr click bezel. 

This example of the Aerospace GMT features an excellent, sharp unpolished stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal and the silver, not black, Tritium dial with applied indices and a matching handset, and a brass plated 24hr bezel. The bezel here has an amazing patina to it having a lot of the plating wearing off through use over the years revealing its brass underneath. The silver dial is all original and not refinished. However, there are some spots where the lacquer to the dial has worn. Overall it is part of this appealing vintage look to the watch.

Powered by Zodiac's Calibre 75 automatic winding movement, it has the red second time zone hand running like the early Rolex GMT’s which cannot be moved through the crown. It has to be se by using the bezel for the second time zone.

Zodiac watches certainly have a cult-like following, it is fair to say Zodiac is still under appreciated in the collector community. When these watches came out in the 1960’s they were very popular within the US military community who put the through their paces in various conflicts around the globe. Be it the relative smaller size to their competition of the period, or the lack of household brand recognition, it is fair to say that these models are an undervalued in the market. The brand itself recognizes what great pieces these are, which is the reason that this model was reissued by Zodiac recently.

Overall, an honest example with plenty of character that is a dependable time keeper with the bonus of having the second time zone.

 

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