I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that the finds are only getting better as we get closer to auction season being back in full swing. Save your pumpkin spice lattes – the seasonal delicacy I’m after is a crisp vintage watch of the most well-maintained variety. Supporting the aforementioned notion at the sportier end of the spectrum are watches like the Valjoux 72-powered Zodiac Sea Chron, along with the Ref. 2447 Solunar from Abercrombie & Fitch, and one of the best sleeper value plays on the market – an Omega Chronostop Driver. This week’s hunting efforts also yielded a couple of noteworthy examples reflecting a certain smartness, including a rare Audemars Piguet in white gold, and a gilt dial Oyster Perpetual which dates back to the ’60s. There’s much to dig into this week, so let’s get down to it.
Zodiac Sea Chron
Many moons ago, I became hooked on Zodiac chronographs, after acquiring my first “good watch.” At what must’ve been eleven or twelve years old, I was beyond elated, upon receiving an orange dial, two-register quartz chronograph as a gift, which I helped pick out from the watch display of a department store down south. Since then, the watch has remained in my possession, though I inevitably got sucked deeper into the game. While this might’ve resulted in spending more time and money on watches than my eleven-year-old self could have ever dreamt of, I did learn a thing or two along the way, including that the Zodiac chronographs of yesteryear are nothing short of genius.
In addition to the Zodia-Chron, Zodiac’s mastery of the three register chronograph can be seen through the Sea-Chron. Like the former of the two models, the Sea-Chron is also powered by the Valjoux 72, though it was differentiated by its 38.5 mm stainless steel case, fitted with a rotating bezel. Though I believe we’ve definitely discussed the Sea-Chron in the past, I don’t think I’ve shared an example as attractive with you before. This piece, on its original bracelet, is particularly pristine, with an unpolished case, the sought after grey bezel, and a flawless dial. The original box is also being included, along with a service receipt indicating an overhaul in May of this year.