Zenith Cal.2572C 9ct c1971
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
Size Large 35mm, excluding the Zenith Signed Crown
Wonderful 9ct Solid Gold Zenith Movado Fully Signed Case
A Beautifully Well Cared For and Completely Original Example
Original, Unrestored and Untouched Gold Dial, Inlaid Batons & ‘Stick’ Hands
Pristine Cal.2572C, 17 Jewel, High Grade Hand-Wound Movement
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
High Quality Black Alligator Strap with Plain Gold-Plated Buckle
Original Zenith Presentation Box Included, as Shown
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
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 1970s saw Zenith produce some of the greatest watch movements available from any manufacturer. Zenith watch movements were incredibly advanced and the watch we have here is an excellent example, having a superb Swiss made 9ct yellow gold case and the high grade Calibre 2572C hand-wound movement. This watch also has a completely original, unrestored and untouched gold dial which as can be seen, is simply outstanding.
The classic, simple and beautifully styled gold dial has wonderful unrestored ‘baton’ hour indices, matched with the unrestored 1970s ‘stick’ hands. This is an impressive dial due to the contrast between the gold of the dial, the wonderful yellow gold of the case and the outstanding dial furnishings. The added addition of a date window completes this watch dial perfectly.
This dial is very simply signed ‘Zenith’ just below 12 and ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom, below 6.
This dial is original and unrestored. Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however we decided in this case, due to its exceptional condition, to retain its originality and charm for the many collectors 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.
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.
This watch does not only feature an outstanding case and dial, but also carries the high grade Zenith Calibre 2572C, 17 jewel hand-wound, Swiss-made movement. This is a Hi-Beat movement 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.
The example here 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 -2 seconds per day! This timing is truly amazing for any watch of this age and has been confirmed on our electronic timegrapher. The movement also has a power reserve of 50 hours when fully wound. We have no hesitation in offering this watch with our 12 months warranty*.
The movement is signed ‘Zenith’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘17 Jewels’ and carries the Calibre number 2572C.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicble if the list price is paid.
The Watch Case
The 9ct yelllow gold, Zenith Swiss-made watch case measures a large 35mm, excluding the correct Zenith signed crown. 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.
In 1968, Zenith merged with Movado of La Chaux-de-Fonds, becoming Movado-Zenith. Therefore, as can be seen, the inside of the case-back is signed ‘Zenith Movado’ and ‘Swiss’ with 9ct hallmarks.
Please note – our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The strap fitted is a new high quality black Alligator strap and plain gold-plated buckle. 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 1971.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. 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 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
The watch also comes complete with an original Zenith presentation box, as shown in the photographs.
Payment and Delivery
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 who happen to visit London 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 hand 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 vintage Zenith 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.
In addition to being perfectly practical for everyday use, this watch will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as be something wonderful to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! Even though vintage gold Zenith watch prices continue to climb, we still feel sure that top class examples such as this are underpriced. This is because as time passes and the world market for vintage gold Zenith watches continues to grow, limited supply means prices will inevitably climb ever higher.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them 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 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.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also 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 us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.