Zenith Cal.106 18ct Pink Gold, Sub-Dial, 1950


100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

A Beautifully Well Cared For And Lightly Used Example

34mm Diameter Case, Excluding the Zenith Signed Crown

Stunning Zenith 18ct Pink Gold Case With Wonderfully Ornate Lugs

Beautiful Salmon Dial with Roman Numerals, Stud Indices & ‘Index’ Hands

Pristine Cal.106, 15 Jewel, Incabloc High-Grade Manual Movement

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition

New Brown Lizard Strap & Original Zenith Pink Gold-Plated Buckle

Vintage Zenith Presentation Box Included, as Shown

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

Sold 23rd July '20
VGW Reference: Z1019
Price £2,950 Sold


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Zenith is one of the oldest watch manufacturers, est.1865 and one of only a handful which has always produced its own movements. The company has an almost unparalleled record of technical achievements and notably, in 1929, Zenith won world renown at Kew Observatory (England), when a Zenith wristwatch won first prize for an accuracy of better than 0.6 seconds per day. During the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Zenith held the lead in producing the most commercially successful and technically advanced, chronograph wristwatches. The company has supplied movements to many other manufacturers, including Rolex for their Daytona Chronograph!

Notable features of this watch are its rare 18ct pink gold case with fancy lugs, and its pristine overall condition. This watch also comes with its original Zenith signed pink gold-plated buckle and a vintage Zenith box.

The Dial

The classic and beautifully styled salmon dial carries applied gilt stud hour indices and roman numerals. These are matched with the original restored gilt 1950s ‘Index’ hands. The style and colour of this dial complements the watch case wonderfully. It looks wonderful in natural light. Depending on how it catches the light it varies from a slightly brownish salmon colour to a much more pink salmon from certain angles.

The dial is signed Zenith below the ’12’ at the top of the dial and carries the typical subsidiary seconds dial at the bottom above the ‘6’. The lens has been replaced by a new original part.

This dial is original, unrestored and untouched. Normally we restore the dials of our watches but here it is in superb condition and so we have left it totally alone.

The Watch Case

The 18ct pink gold, Zenith Swiss-made watch case measures 34mm, excluding the crown, which was a large size during this period. 

This example is doubly rare, not only because it is made in pink gold, but it also has the most unusual decorative double lugs. It is also in immaculate condition.

The watch case has been professionally cleaned, before being carefully inspected and very gently hand-polished, which was all that was required to bring it back to its current tip-top condition with no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye.

As can be seen, the inside of the case-back is all correctly signed with the early Zenith branding and Swiss Geneva 18ct gold hallmarks.

Please note – our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Movement

The Cal.106 hand-wound movement was produced in a total of 49,000 pieces between 1944-1957. This calibre was highly successful for Zenith. This example is plated in beryllium-bronze and as can be seen, is in wonderful condition. The movement has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker which means fully dismantling the watch and movement, ultrasonic cleaning of all parts, inspection to the critical surfaces under high magnification, with replacement as required with genuine new original parts, then careful reassembly and oiling, using all the correct lubricants to manufacturer’s specification before final testing and calibration. This watch is now running perfectly, having been calibrated and timed at +9 seconds per day! This timing has been confirmed on our electronic timegrapher and is truly outstanding for any watch of this age. We therefore we have no hesitation in offering this watch with our 12 months warranty*.

The watch movement is signed ‘Zenith’, ‘Swiss Made’ and carries both the Calibre number 106 and the serial number 3528060, dating the watch to 1950.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.

The Strap and Buckle

The strap fitted is a new high quality brown lizard strap with the original Zenith signed pink gold-plated buckle. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown burgundy and black straps in stock, in plain, padded leather, alligator, crocodile or lizard skin.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1950.

Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.

The watch also comes complete with the original Zenith presentation box shown in the photographs.

In Conclusion

This is a highly impressive early 1950s 18ct pink gold vintage Zenith dress watch, which is ready to wear and very practical for everyday use. If treated with care, this watch will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Zenith has always benefitted from a first class reputation for the superb quality of its vintage watch movements and just like Longines, Zenith watches have also been noticeably increasing in value of late.

A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring these to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.

We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.

We will be happy to Service, Repair or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.

If you have any questions, please call: 020 7727 7095. If calling from overseas: +44 207 727 7095.

We will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice about this or any of our watches listed for sale. If you would like some general advice regarding any aspect of vintage watches, including buying, selling, or collecting, we will also be very happy to hear from you. We await your call!

Finally, please enjoy some time spent viewing our other fine vintage gold watches!

Thank you.