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#21
I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / Re: Zodiac Jump Hour
Last post by Butch - May 04, 2022, 02:49:20 PM
This will be fun to watch.

Old proverb:A foolish person spends money carelessly and will soon be penniless.

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Sold for $101, not a bad profit I guess.

Here's another auction.

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#22
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Zodiac Quartz Sea Wolf 20A...
Last post by Grossisten - April 28, 2022, 05:10:27 AM
Just re-read this thread. I think Yuriy is mistaken about "Trauner dropping Zodiac". Just read Jack Heuers autobiography (highly recommended, it casts light on how family owned watches businesses struggled in the 70'ies, much of what I read alligns with what my Zodiac-agent father told my in the 70'ies and 80'ies). Jack mentions that Heuer lost a lot of money when Trauner went bankrupt in the late 70ies. He also claims that Heuer produced all Clebar-watches for Trauner, but I'm guessing he is referring mainly to the stop watches, as I understand - from this site among other sources - Zodiac was the main manufacturer of Clebar wrist watches. Anyway - Jack confirms that Trauner went down, which is what I was always told by my father. I was also told that it was the losses from this bankruptcy that capsized Zodiac financially. This is an important fragment in the story about "the end" of Zodiac as a family owned business - and even if Trauners bankruptcy actually forcing the Calame to sell is only confirmed by my memory, other facts reported by Yuriy in yet another thread (a newspaper clip he found in Le Locle) support that this may very well be what happened. I think we can safely rewrite Zodiac history regarding Trauner and at least make the reasonable assumption that their disfortune was a major factor in Zodiacs ditto. Or what do you guys think?
#23
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Aerospace GMT bezel questi...
Last post by YuriyV - April 18, 2022, 03:14:56 PM
Quote from: N8N on April 18, 2022, 08:49:01 AMIs this just an artifact of the Aerospace GMT having been based off of the contemporary Sea Wolf, and the same bezel was used to cut costs?  I hope so, because the insert is perfect at least without magnification.
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#24
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Zodiac Quartz Sea Wolf 20A...
Last post by YuriyV - April 18, 2022, 03:11:23 PM
Yes, it is diver related. These numbers are for calculating decompression time. Search this forum. If memory serves me right, there is a table and instruction manual how to calculate.
#25
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Zodiac Quartz Sea Wolf 20A...
Last post by N8N - April 18, 2022, 01:10:47 PM
So I'm idly browsing the forums while waiting for my PC to think (I'm working with some really big CAD files today...) found this thread.  Very cool that you were able to figure out what the parts were for (we think).

Question, though - what do the numbers on the dial mean?  The 52 over 2, 37 over 6, et cetera.  I'm assuming there is some purpose/use for them, but I do not know what it is, something diving related?  (my idea of diving is picking stuff up off the bottom of the deep end of the pool, so quite possible I just have a knowledge gap)
#26
General Zodiac Discussion / Aerospace GMT bezel question
Last post by N8N - April 18, 2022, 08:49:01 AM
Good morning all,

I recently purchased a Bakelite bezel Aerospace GMT, which I received Friday.  Unfortunately, in its trip to me, the seconds hand came loose and was floating around on top of the dial on arrival.  It also had the wrong crown and was stiff to wind (I knew about the crown beforehand and I felt that the sale price reflected this.)  I've decided I am going to go ahead and keep it though as cosmetically it is far better than anything else I see on the market right now even for a much higher price.

I've already been in touch with BWG and will likely be sending him the watch to be made right.  However there is one thing I noticed about it that I find odd.  The bezel has 60 clicks as you rotate it, which would make sense for a diver's watch with a minute timing bezel; however with a GMT if I use it to track GMT it is less than ideal - let's say as is the case now, I am at EDT or GMT-4, the "4" lines up perfectly with the index.  However, when we go back to standard time in the winter and I'm at GMT -5, the "5" will be off slightly one direction or the other.  In other words, due to the number of clicks, only the even hours will line up perfectly with the indices; the odd ones will always be halfway between two clicks.  I'd think that a GMT watch should have 24, 48, or 96 clicks (or some multiple of 24.)

Is this just an artifact of the Aerospace GMT having been based off of the contemporary Sea Wolf, and the same bezel was used to cut costs?  I hope so, because the insert is perfect at least without magnification.

I never thought of this "issue" before but now if I ever buy another GMT watch I'm definitely going to be cognizant of it!

Thanks!
#27
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Please help ID my vintage ...
Last post by Butch - April 16, 2022, 06:05:03 AM
A few hundred. If you want, send me an email and I will give you a referral. Just click on the envelope under my avatar.
#28
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Please help ID my vintage ...
Last post by rodney4285 - April 15, 2022, 01:17:41 PM
Thank you! Is this model of any particular rarity? What do you estimate as a reasonable amount for cleaning one of these? I appreciate any information.
#29
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Please help ID my vintage ...
Last post by Butch - April 15, 2022, 11:16:36 AM
That is a Datographic dress watch from the 1950's.
#30
General Zodiac Discussion / Please help ID my vintage Zodi...
Last post by rodney4285 - April 15, 2022, 10:04:48 AM
My Dad had this watch as long as I can remember. Serial number is 1085863 Zodiac data graphic gold filled. I want to pass it to my son but would love to know value, best way to service, rarity, pretty much any info. Thanks!You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment. 

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