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I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / Re: Zodiac Jump Hour
« Last post by Butch on January 16, 2022, 09:20:19 am »
$400 for a One Jewell Wonder. SMDH.

               :no not me
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I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / Re: Zodiac Jump Hour
« Last post by YuriyV on January 15, 2022, 10:29:35 pm »
Ouch!
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General Zodiac Discussion / Bezel Lume Repair
« Last post by hockeyhead019 on January 13, 2022, 09:47:06 am »
Curious if anybody has replaced the lume within the bezel insert and what would be required to do so? I know removing the entire bezel is advised against in everything I've been able to find on the forum, not sure if there is any other way to do this?
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Did Zodiac have "weak" main spring barrels?
« Last post by YuriyV on January 04, 2022, 11:53:34 pm »
These are not weak. They require highest qualification and expertise from a service person.
In the same time, whoever decided to make MS barrel sealed, back to the days, was very wrong.
Ability to be completely serviced is a property of a luxury item. Definitely, sealed barrel doesn't add luxury to 61-76 caliber family. Even if during the service it was opened with minimal material loss and damage.
Even worth situation is on high beat version - 78-88. It is clearly visible, the design was executed with a lot of compromises and keeping money savings on design and production in mind. Definitely these are not luxury products either even if watches built on these calibers have great historical and technical significance.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Did Zodiac have "weak" main spring barrels?
« Last post by Butch on January 04, 2022, 10:45:59 am »
Yeah, that would have ruffled my feathers too. As you know, there are many products meant to last a lifetime. Most rarely do. But it is this ingenuity that keeps driving us to  make things better. It is easy to sit back 60 or 70 years later and pass judgement.

The family meant to be around a long time, as they already had been, right? If they were still a family owned business we would have access to a source for sealed barrels, bezels, crowns, etc. Also, any brand using AS movements had/has the same issues, like Girard-Perregaux. By the end of the 70's Zodiac had moved on to the ETA movements, like other brands, as they were simpler to maintain and probably cheaper too.

Next time you see that fella tell him >I< said go back to fixing his kortz watches.
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Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / WTB Beater zodiac hermetic
« Last post by plushrush704 on January 04, 2022, 09:20:46 am »
I am looking to buy a non running or bad condition hermetic 34-36mm dial doesn't matter silver or gold case thanks
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General Zodiac Discussion / Did Zodiac have "weak" main spring barrels?
« Last post by Grossisten on January 04, 2022, 07:44:35 am »
A couple of months ago I attended a watch enthusiast event. When I presented myself as a vintage Zodiac collector, the host - a watchmaker - instantly responded something like "Oh, they are known for their poor quality spring barrels". I was somewhat taken aback (and annoyed as this wasn't the nicest way to start a conversation) because I have always been sure that Zodiac manufactured very high quality watches.

I have little technical insight so I have to rely on input from more knowledgable people: Whats your experience, is there any truth to what he said?

I found this older post, could this be what he was referring to: https://www.vintagezodiacs.com/zforums/index.php?topic=2134.0?

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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Mainspring... can it be serviced?
« Last post by YuriyV on December 29, 2021, 09:17:30 pm »
...I had the feeling from that reading that it was not really possible (especially for a hobbyist) to open the barrel. I was just looking for confirmation.

It is possible to open it, properly service and close. Every watchmaker invents their own method. It is why nobody willing to share.
In nutshell, you would need a watchmaking lathe to open and close. Rest (poising, cleaning, oiling) is similar to servicing regular barrel.
 
I wonder if, at some point, someone will machine a barrel assembly... :)

Hope very soon this problem will be solved. Stay tuned for an advertisement about offering an new barrels produced on original equipment in Switzerland. Although prices won't be cheap. :lolz;
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Automatic works question...
« Last post by stefaninla on December 29, 2021, 08:02:45 pm »
Thank you for that. It would seem then that this movement is behaving as would be expected. That is nice to know.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Mainspring... can it be serviced?
« Last post by stefaninla on December 29, 2021, 08:02:00 pm »
I had read that - and I just reread it. Really good article. Yes, I had the feeling from that reading that it was not really possible (especially for a hobbyist) to open the barrel. I was just looking for confirmation.
I wonder if, at some point, someone will machine a barrel assembly... :)

It seems as though the watches I'm attracted to all have their eccentricities. haha. Zodiacs, Hamilton electrics, Smiths...

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