From time to time, we feature a watch that is closely associated with a tragedy. One example of this was the 1972 Longines Munich Edition, which will always be tied to the brutal killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.
Today we are bringing you a watch that was issued and worn by the Deutsche Heer (German Army) during the second World War. Yes, this is a Nazi’s watch. Produced by Zenith in 1940, this watch good original condition, measures 35mm without the crown, and features German property markings. It has a simple black face with a sub-seconds dial, and comes on a brown hublot big bang king replica calf-skin strap. It is your typical military watch, simple and small, but from a storied Swiss manufacturer. This watch is hand-wound and is selling for a very reasonable price of $599.
We don’t know too much about Zenith’s relationship with the Deutsche Heer but this watch was produced and issued right in the heart of the conflict, and we are sure the wearer bore witness to, and quite possibly enabled, some horrific acts. We don’t know the true history of this watch, but we can guarantee there are some stories to be told, for better or worse.
Rare Rolex Daytona Without the Daytona: Zenith El Primero Chronograph
The world of wristwatches is all about supply, demand, and trend. Some watches become hot for no tag heuer replica reason at all, and they end up selling for thousands above their mechanical worth. But we here at Hodinkee like to think of ourselves as above the frey, we see what is really going on. So when someone comes up to us a party (knowing we work for Hodinkee), and flashes his or her Rolex Daytona to us waiting for praise and acclaim…well they’ll be waiting a long time.
Yes it’s true we do love so many of the rare Rolex Daytonas, but the average model (the watch that nobody can get but everybody has), is really nothing special, from an engineering standpoint. A watch that usurps the standard Daytona in terms of ridiculousness of price and demand, is the Daytona featuring an El Primero movement from Zenith.
El Primero Daytonas are some of the most hard to come by, most sought after Rolexes of the last 20 years (we found one here being offered for $16,000). So we are here to tell you you can get the very same movement, in its original form, for about 17% of the price of the Daytona…and you’ll get the instant respect of the Hodinkee team (and we know how much that means to you). We are talking about an original Zenith El Primero Chronograph from the 1960s.
Here is a 1969 Zenith Chronograph featuring the El Primero movement. This is what the vendor has to say about it:
All original 1969 vintage ZENITH EL PRIMERO AUTOMATIC SS 3-register chronograph date with famous cal 3019 PHC in excellent condition. Mint all original signed Zenith El Primero Automatic 2-tone ocean blue/silver dial set against chrome white hands, signature red El Primero square-tipped second-hand flyback, large raised chrome mirror baton markers, inner silver 60 sec marker ring, outer ocean blue Doctors 15 pulsations tachometer 200 to 60 kph track, 3 large crisp satin/silver sub-registers (60 sec – 30 min – 12 hr), quick-set date at 5 o’clock with signed T-Swiss Made-T at 6 o’clock in mint original condition.
This watch is quad signed (case, face, movement, crown) and is selling for only $2750. Now you tell us…would you rather have a watch from the 1980s and 90s that looks just like every other watch you see strolling around Manhattan? Or would you like a http://www.hmmauto.com/tag-heuer-formula-1-replica-australia-for-sale.html watch from 1969, featuring the same movement, that looks NOTHING like anything you see day to day? Oh and the latter doesn’t cost you the price of a Toyota (keep in mind both of these watches are made of stainless steel, feature the very same movement, and yet one is over 5x the price).