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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by YuriyV - September 27, 2022, 11:08:17 PM
Quote from: Grossisten on September 27, 2022, 03:53:09 AMAre you aware of more details on that topic - and/or can you confirm my findings?
Not enough information. I'm still learning 1920-30 era. Very interesting period.
#2
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by Butch - September 27, 2022, 06:59:25 AM
Quote from: YuriyV on September 26, 2022, 07:30:01 PMInteresting article about Stainless steel in watchmaking. And Staybright in particular:
https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/stainlesssteel.php

Very interesting Yuriv, thanks for sharing this.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by Grossisten - September 27, 2022, 03:53:09 AM
Thank you Yuriy, interesting info as always.

This certainly narrows down the timeframe the watch may have been produced in.

I found an article in a book (proper, researched watch history) that points to the term "Incassable" first being patented in 1930 by the brand Election. It was basically an early shock proofing system. Election went bankrupt shortly after (the Great Depression was a terrible crisis in the Swiss industry it appears) and the patent taken over by others. Its introduction lead to a patents race in the 30'ies in which Thommen, Waldenburg, Generale Watch, Tavannes Watch AND Zodiac participated all filing patents for "Incassable" systems.

I guess this narrows the timeframe down even further as at least the very early 1930ies may be ruled out.

Are you aware of more details on that topic - and/or can you confirm my findings?

#4
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by YuriyV - September 26, 2022, 07:30:01 PM
Interesting article about Stainless steel in watchmaking. And Staybright in particular:
https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/stainlesssteel.php
#5
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by YuriyV - September 26, 2022, 07:24:36 PM
Guessing it is late 1930s or early 1940s
#6
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by Grossisten - September 26, 2022, 03:58:52 PM
No serial number, no. Only the text "STAYBRITE" inside a rectangle. I have no idea how to open this type of case even if I suspect it hinges at one end and may be opened at the other.
#7
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Can anyone date this Zodia...
Last post by Butch - September 26, 2022, 07:13:16 AM
Is there a serial numbe on the back? Movement pic?
#8
General Zodiac Discussion / Can anyone date this Zodiac?
Last post by Grossisten - September 26, 2022, 04:24:24 AM
Hi,

I was recently gifted this watch by a friend. It belonged to her late grandmother and sat in a drawer for years. Her grandmother grew up in Sweden and worked in Germany in the late 40ies before marrying a Dane and settling in Denmark in 1950. As Zodiac to my knowledge was not imported to Denmark before 1953 (when my father became the first official agent) and as the early catalogues in the catalogue site do not feature this exact model (even if some rather similar is in the earliest), I assume it dates to a time before 1950. The dial says "incassable" which I have come across on watches claimed to be from the 1920ies and 30ies which would match the Art Deco inspired style.

Based on your experience - when would you date it to?You cannot view this attachment.
#9
Vintage Zodiacs For Sale - Pre 1999 / Re: FS: New mainspring barrel ...
Last post by stefaninla - September 19, 2022, 10:41:57 PM
This is absolutely fantastic!!!
#10
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: Greetings and Questions Fr...
Last post by Serenity - September 08, 2022, 04:44:34 PM
Thanks for the radium explanation.

Regarding the writing below the 6 o'clock triangle, I see replacement NOS or used dials for sale without writing below the 6 o'clock triangle . Are these aftermarket dials or authentic Zodiac service dials?

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