Zenith Cal.2572 Hi-Beat Automatic 9ct 1977
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
Large Size 34mm, excluding the Zenith Crown
A Beautifully Well Cared For and Lightly Used Example
Mint Condition 18ct Solid Gold Zenith Swiss, Fully Signed Tonneau Case
Original Unrestored Silver ‘Starburst’ Dial, Inlaid Batons & ‘Stick’ Hands
Pristine Cal. 2572PC, 17 Jewel, High Grade Automatic Movement
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
High Quality Dark Brown Leather Strap with Gold Plated Buckle
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Presentation Box Included
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
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. Later, Zenith became the first in 1969, to develop a high-frequency automatic integrated column-wheel chronograph powered by the legendary El Primero movement beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour. This obsession with precision, as well as this constant quest for technical innovation, has been duly rewarded; the Manufacture has been awarded 2,333 chronometry prizes as well as eight medals, making it the most titled brand in the field of precision. The company has also provided a huge number of movements to many other manufacturers for their more technically advanced watches, including even Rolex for their Daytona Chronograph.
The 1960s and ’70s saw Zenith produce some of the greatest watch movements available from any manufacturer, for example, its El-Primero which from a technical standpoint, watch movements were incredibly advanced. The watch we have here is an excellent example, having a superb Swiss made 9ct case and a 28,800 beats per hour, hi-beat automatic movement. Introduced in 1972, this made Zenith the first company to introduce a commercially successful hi-beat automatic movement.
This Silver ‘Starburst’ dial with Gold and Black inlaid batons and matching original ‘stick’ hands is in the classic 1960s, slightly high-tech style. On point, the date position at 4:30 hours suggests the watch was an advanced, or should we say an avant-garde style, which was so on trend at the time. Zenith adopted the 4:30 hrs date position during this period and this has since become a Zenith trademark. It is actually a very sensible spot since as one rotates the wrist to view the date, the 4:30 through to 6 is the first portion of the dial to reveal itself. This dial is very stylish and reminiscent of the Mondaine SSB classic dial design adopted for use by the Swiss Railway.
The most notable feature of this dial is its complete originality. The dial has not been restored or retouched in any way. Even more remarkably it is in top condition and shows no signs of ageing visible to the naked eye. Only very close up, under high magnification can some of the slightest signs of scratching and some very light spots be found which is remarkable for a 40 year old watch and indicates the watch has been well cared for and seen little real use.
The Zenith Calibre 2572 PC movement specification is also quite special, beating at 28,800 beats per hour, rather than the semi-hi-beat at 21,600, or the more usual 18,000 or 19,800. When one listens to this movement ticking, one can really hear this is a hi-beat movement racing. Generally speaking the higher the beats per hour, the higher the accuracy of the movement, all other factors remaining the same. This movement is also known as the ‘8 beat’ because it beats at 8 beats per second. The example we see here, with a date function, is one of the first of this model produced and this movement was used in Zenith’s top of the range automatics, between 1972 and 1975.
The movement has just been thoroughly overhauled and serviced by our vintage specialist watchmaker. This means fully dismantling the watch and movement, ultrasonic cleaning of all parts, inspection to the critical surfaces under high magnification and 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 therefore now running perfectly having been calibrated and timed at +8 seconds per day! This is outstanding for any watch of this age and has been confirmed using our electronic Timegrapher. Although this is a Hi-Beat movement, the power reserve is still very high at 44 hours when fully wound. The watch movement is signed Zenith, Swiss Made and carries the Calibre number 2572PC.
The Watch Case
The heavy, Shackman made Tonneau case is of a solid two-piece construction, in 9ct yellow gold. Tonneau shaped cases became highly popular in the 1970s and this excellent example was made by David Shackman & Sons, of Chesham, Bucks, U.K. Shackman were very high-quality case-makers and one of two English case-makers used by Zenith, the other being Dennison & Co. of Birmingham.
The case is stylish, sturdy and highly impressive and measures 34mm, excluding the Zenith signed crown. The press fit case-back is of full thickness and has never been engraved. It is tightly fitting and presses back with a very reassuring ‘pop’.
The case has been cleaned, carefully inspected and then lightly hand-polished by our case-maker and shows every sign it has been well cared for and lightly used. The case has not been overpolished as all the edge definition of the case has been nicely retained. There are no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye.
Inside the case all is correct and as expected, signed D.S.&S (David Shackman & Sons Ltd) along with London U.K. 9ct Hallmarks and the reference numbers 35555 and 2215/1.
Our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a high-quality Dark Brown leather strap with a plain 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 circa 1977. 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 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 high quality presentation box as shown in the photographs.
This is a very impressive and very rare vintage Zenith automatic wristwatch, 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 their watch movements and just as in the case of Longines, which have been undervalued in the past, this is beginning to show in the way Zenith watches are increasing in value.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before we restore them to the highest possible standards. We then offer our watches at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly 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.
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*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only included if the list price is paid.
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