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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Zodiac Kingline NOS
« Last post by Cobber on August 29, 2018, 05:17:50 PM »
Thanks, I was curious about the movement.  It dawned on me while searching for this model, not due to size, but the lack of a seconds hand, that this probably wouldn't contain either the high beat or chronometer movement seen in earlier Kingline models.
Size measurement really doesn't translate to the actual perception on this model.  It wears a bit larger than I was thinking it would.  Not really good or bad just peculiar.  Maybe not so strange to people accustomed to tanks but definitely odd to me.  This thing weighs a significant amount (possible due to still having all its links) and doesn't have the slim bracelet look I thought it would have. 
The heavy bracelet integrates with the clam shell case at almost it's full 30mm width and tapers down I'm estimating to about 16mm.
I'm hoping this is what will give the look on wrist I was hoping for. 
The 80's versions were constructed a bit differently and, at least in the catalog available to us, were only available with a quartz movement.  They were called the New Kingline and of course don't have this one's bad ass bracelet.;)
The pictures actually show way more detail then what is evident in person.  The gold screws hardly contrast with the bezel.  I thought they were going to be a lot more noticeable.  Again, not good or bad, just unexpected.

In any case, many thanks to Butch and team for providing the reference materials that helped me so much in identifying and purchasing this piece.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Zodiac Kingline NOS
« Last post by Butch on August 29, 2018, 04:55:23 PM »
Wow, some VZ Team Member. This is in the 1977 Spanish catalog. It was made during a time where the watches were once again moving to a smaller size (ref: 1940's Hermetics). This trend continues in the 1984 catalog, along with the all black anodized models.  :no not me  I hated those black monstrosities.

In order to make this small automatic watch they recycled the movements from the ladies automatic watches in the 60's and 70's and used them in this model.

Nice example. Like tanks, not for everyone.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Zodiac Kingline NOS
« Last post by Cobber on August 29, 2018, 04:37:34 PM »
Well that didn't take long.  Just became aware of this particular model a short time ago and have been looking for a good example.  An Italian dealer on Chrono24 listed this as NOS/unworn. 
Received it today and I'm pretty exited by it.  I'm going to drop it off for what will hopefully be a basic movement service. 

Dates to approx 1978, the tail end of the Calame era, and I'm sure the oil could use some attention at the very least.  Other than that, I have to admit this appears never worn.  Bracelet is stiff and not a single mark from storage or otherwise.
I've got permission from the seller to use his photos so I'm not going to bother taking any as they're pretty good for giving a clear view of the watch.

I'll provide some more thoughts once I get it back and have had a chance to wear it a bit.
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I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / Re: Caveat emptor
« Last post by Haitarai on August 27, 2018, 05:04:31 AM »
Nos quoque curandum de aliqua mora.
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I'm looking to buy it as well.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Zodiac Red Point Divers Chrono
« Last post by Cobber on August 23, 2018, 08:33:33 PM »
Nice watch, are the pushers actually screw down?  I once read that they were cosmetic.  Maybe that could be one of the functional differences between this and the 100m versions.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: New addition to the collection
« Last post by Cobber on August 23, 2018, 12:18:06 PM »
 :sm3
Nice dial.  I'm a fan of the Olympos as well.  My uncle has a pretty rare Tiffany Rolex Datejust with a very similar dial color.

Let me know if you're interested in a NOS Kreisler Bracelet.  There's a listing on the 'bay right now.  It was OEM on some of the Olympi, though I'm not sure if it was on your particular iteration.  I can PM you the link.  If interested.
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General Zodiac Discussion / New addition to the collection
« Last post by Dowantwatches on August 20, 2018, 08:55:19 PM »
Hi everyone, pretty happy with the latest addition to the collection, the Olympos! Found on the bay, the crystal looked rough but said to be in good working condition. No history. When it came in I was really surprised at how clean it was, the case looked very good with very few marks. I sent it off to Yuriy, he cleaned up the crystal beautifully and confirmed how good its condition really was, did not require any new parts at all. He did his magic on it, and it's purring beautifully! With the crystal off, the dial looked practically new. Grey dial that changes hue ever so slightly when the light hits it. Just got it back today, put a nice Hirsch lizard strap on and I just can't believe how fantastic this watch looks! It could of come right out of the factory! The dial is beautiful, the case is in fabulous condition, and it is just sooo comfortable to wear, it's so light that you can hardly feel it. The curve in the case fits my wrist like a glove, and super thin. The dial is just memorizing! I gotta say, these Vintage Zodiacs are truly wonderful pieces of work. 50 plus years old and still run like they were designed to do, look just as distinctive now as they did when first built, and when people actually stop and ask you "what is that watch you're wearing?" well, that says it all... I'm so happy to now have 3 in the collection. The pictures just don't do it justice...
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Is this band still forsale? I'm located in minneapolis, MN. :sm3
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / SOLD!
« Last post by yinzerniner on August 14, 2018, 06:28:21 PM »
Thanks VZ Forum!
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