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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Service dial and General Repair Questions
« Last post by Butch on July 09, 2019, 05:27:17 AM »
Thanks. Much better pics. I believe this to be an all original 70's model (except for the crown of course). While I don't recall a gray dial it is certainly possible. He said it is not faded black.
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Service dial and General Repair Questions
« Last post by Butch on July 08, 2019, 04:45:24 PM »
Why don't you post a pic?

Ah! This sounds like a 1990's kortz model. What is the number on the back? Yes, parts are very hard to come by. Some parts may interchangeable in the movement when they are the same caliber.
General Zodiac Discussion / Service dial and General Repair Questions
« Last post by elnino43 on July 08, 2019, 04:36:33 PM »
Just got a 60's Aerospace GMT. Couple questions

-Did they ever make service dials in the 90's for these watches? The logo appears to be of the newer style writing on the new reissues but its impossible its a new dial since its a 36mm and the new ones are much larger. Its also a sunburst gray dial I have never seen before on a aerospace gmt. Usually I have only seen them in black or white/silverfish. Its a pepsi bezel.

- Are many of the parts from the Seawolf interchangeable with the GMT? for example the mainspring etc.
I hear parts are hard to come by, is it true. Even a mainspring? Is it hard to source parts and any tips?
Reduced price from $249 to $149.
Watch Stories / Re: Dads old Zodiac
« Last post by Butch on July 06, 2019, 08:15:50 PM »
That is from the early 1960s. NICE family heirloom. Be fure to read my repairs section before winding it though.
Watch Stories / Dads old Zodiac
« Last post by ulmapache on July 06, 2019, 06:54:27 PM »
Dads old Zodiac...not sure of the date, but at least from the '60s, could be older....might have acquired it in 'Nam or Korea.....any info would be appreciated... Tried to get photo of back...didn't come out well enough to see detail....will try different method later. Ah...managed to get a halfway decent shot of the back....
I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / So speaking of two-register chronographs
« Last post by radicimo on June 27, 2019, 12:18:11 AM »
This monstrosity showed up

Geeze. No way it was recently serviced. Many other things to actively dislike but I see two missing screws visible in the movement. First a case screw corresponding with 1:00 on the dial (upper right in the photo) and second a not sure what it's called (bridge screw? setting screw?) at around 7:00 on the dial. What proper service would leave out a case screw? Less said about the dial the better.
Great discussion.

Here are a few pics of my piece.
Zodiac would order ebauches for all thei watches. Then they would change parts in house to make them Zodiac signed. In this case a bridge. No big deal here. Take the ebbauche out of the tin, change the bridge, add dial and hands, adjust and time, case it up and send it out. (Ditto for a Sea Wolf movement and a Zodiac rotor for you other guys.)

I feel people get way to tied up in the chronos. One must remember that Zodiac was a small company. IMHO sometimes hand to mouth small. They took on all sorts of special jobs/orders that many larger Swiss companies would not take on, hence the dials with company (country) logos. If they had a contract to fill they would not have let the fact that they had no signed bridges in stock if they had to get stuff out the door and make some money.

I have seen Zodiac Chronos with unmarked movements and even Clebar marked movements. (Just a bridge here, right?) Ditto for a Triple Date Moon Phase. Sometimes even their dress watches.
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