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Offline McHaggis

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Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« on: February 17, 2017, 11:35:30 AM »
I was walking around my local market the other day and found this being sold in a glass cabinet, I picked it up with the intention of having a nice vintage watch to wear at work at best and at worst a piece where I can practice cleaning up vintage movements dials and crystals however I can’t quite find any pictures of one like it on the internet.

I didn’t like the original strap as it’s looks a bit too big for the watch so I swapped it for a sailcloth strap. That matches the colour of the dial.

I plan on having a bit of a tinker with it to clean it up however I’m not sure if there is Radium on the hands and how to take the movement out to clean it. I’m also contemplating something to lighten then hands up so they are more legible.

Any thoughts?
« Last Edit: February 17, 2017, 11:36:28 AM by McHaggis »

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Re: Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 12:53:24 PM »
Nice find!
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Re: Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 02:15:22 PM »
Nice Glorious in very good vintage condition. :twothumbsup All original and complete. Love SS case!
Most likely Zodiac 1094 (ETA 1080) movement inside. Does it have hacking second complication?
I'd say it needs overhaul and external cleaning only. Don't touch dial/hands. They have nice patina.
Luminous compound is original and beautifully aged. I'm sure hands don't require to be relumed and or polished.
After cleaning and crystal polishing, they will be visible better.
And don't polish the case.

I'd speculate that case back is of screw down type. To open it up you will, need Jaxa tool wrench.
Proceed with caution and don't scratch.
Movement can be removed by un-tightening retaining screw and removing stem.
If you don't have experience in movement overhaul, I'd suggest to pass it to watchmaker. Otherwise there is a high risk of ruining the movement.

Very good catch on this vintage Zodiac!
« Last Edit: February 17, 2017, 02:24:09 PM by YuriyV »

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Re: Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 03:42:41 AM »
 :sm3

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Re: Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 08:30:55 AM »
Yeap its hacking and seems to be holding good time so far, I might carry out a test to see how long the movement holds time for when fully wound and how accurate it is.

I'm impressed buy that facts that its stainless steel rather than coated which means i'm going to be able to fix up some of the scratches on the case. Is this glass or acrylic? I suppose I can try with some Micromesh and see what happens.

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Re: Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2017, 10:09:12 AM »
>Yeap its hacking

Congrats. This feature is not common for this model.


>and seems to be holding good time so far, I might carry out a test to see how long the movement holds time
>for when fully wound and how accurate it is.

If you don't have service history then assume it is not serviced.
Consider to give it a proper service to ensure flawless work for years to come. Otherwise using unserviced watch on regular basis will harm it.


>I'm impressed buy that facts that its stainless steel rather than coated which means i'm going to be able
>to fix up some of the scratches on the case.

I'd suggest not to polish it. Polishing will destroy vintage look.


>Is this glass or acrylic?

It is acrylic. Can be easily polished.


>I suppose I can try with some Micromesh and see what happens.

I can suggest Polywatch product for acrylic crystals.


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Re: Found this Zodiac Glorious at a market stall
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 07:18:07 AM »
Thanks for the advice, I ordered some Polywatch to fix up the crystal and took it apart to have a clean. I started modding seikos a while back so have most of the tools needed.

I'll post some more after the crystal is fixed up.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2017, 07:19:58 AM by McHaggis »

 

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