Zenith Automatic Date Cal.2572 18ct 1975
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
A Beautifully Well Cared For and Completley Original Example
18ct Yellow Gold, Large 35mm Case, Excluding the Signed Zenith Crown
Original, Unrestored and Untouched Silver Dial with Original Index Hands
Pristine Cal.2572, 17 Jewels, High Grade Automatic Movement
High Quality Dark Brown Alligator Strap with Gold Plated Buckle
High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included, as Shown
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
VGWL 12 Months’ Warranty 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 1940’s 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 1970s saw Zenith introduce some of the finest watch movements available from any manufacturer when technically, the company was very advanced. The watch we have here is an excellent example, having a semi hi-beat movement and an 18ct yellow gold watch case. This watch also features what we now see as a slightly retro-futuristic look with the date position in the ‘different’ position of 4:30 hours.
The silver dial, with Gold and Black inlaid ‘square’ hour indices and matching original ‘index’ hands are in the classic late ‘60s, slightly high-tech style. On point, the date position at 4:30 hours suggests the watch has an advanced, or avant-garde style, which was ‘on trend’ at the time. Zenith adopted the 4:30 hrs date position during the ’60s and this has since become a Zenith trademark. It is actually a very sensible position for the date window, since as one rotates the wrist to view the date, the 4:30 through to 6 is the first part of the dial to reveal itself. This style of dial is also slightly reminiscent of the classic Mondaine SSB dial design adopted as the standard dial for use by Swiss Federal Railways.
The dial is simply signed ‘Zenith’ and ‘Automatic’ just below 12 with ‘Swiss Made’ at the bottom below 6.
Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however we decided in this case to leave it alone, due to its unusual condition and to retain its originality and charm for those who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with almost all of the other watch dials you see on our website, which have been restored. The hands, likewise, have also been left in their original untouched condition.
Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you’re seeing may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.
The Zenith Calibre 2572 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 18ct yellow gold, Zenith Swiss-made watch case measures a large 35mm, excluding the correct Zenith signed crown. We particularly like the superb straight lugs and the high quality press-fit case back. 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. The case has no scratches, dings or other marks visible to the naked eye.
The inside of the case-back is signed ‘Zenith’ and ‘Swiss Made’ with 18ct Swiss hallmarks.
Please note – our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
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 1975.
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 a high quality hardwood presentation box, as shown in the photographs.
If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and unfortunately out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges, however attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those that happen to visit the UK on occasion we are of course more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.
This is a very impressive and very rare vintage Zenith gent’s dress watch, which is ready to wear and very practical for everyday use and if treated with care, this watch will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Zenith have 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 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 and three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
Please note, we 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 your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch. All at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call our landline 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250 or if calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095 or mobile +44 7515 949 250.
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