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Hi everyone!
I have my heart and eyes set on this gorgeous 2002 Class El Primer 01.0501.400. I absolutely love the design of this watch, the dial looks retro in the best way possible with its bold lumen numerals and yet the case gives a hint of modernity. This model definitely has a sporty vibe to it but I can still see myself wearing it at the office with a business casual, semi-formal outfit. Anyways, seller quoted me $2,050 and I was wondering if that was fair for what I'm getting:
- watch (obviously), few micro-scuffs on the case, tiny flaw on the 12 o'clock lumen, otherwise A+
- box in 6/10 condition
- aftermarket deployment leather band
- a lighter bank account
What I don't get:
- watch was last serviced more than three years ago
- No papers, but extract from registers from Zenith
- original band
I attached some pictures, what do you guys think? Should I take it or leave it?
Any other tips are also welcome. Thanks!
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Hi there and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately the forum doesnt' allow valuations here. In general we can recommend of course, if there is a nice original Zenith to be found: get it!

That is a nice model. Considering it has cal 400 Z it must have been produced after 1998, say in 1999 or 2000. What kind of extract does Zenith give for this?
 

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Hi there and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately the forum doesnt' allow valuations here. In general we can recommend of course, if there is a nice original Zenith to be found: get it!

That is a nice model. Considering it has cal 400 Z it must have been produced after 1998, say in 1999 or 2000. What kind of extract does Zenith give for this?
Hi I understand, thanks for the heads up and the advice!

This is the extract the seller posted:
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Thanks for the post. That is the thing with watches: there is a production date (or even several production dates: for the case, for the movement, the dial and so on) and there is a delivery date which may be a year or two later. The delivery date is a good final date to refer to: at that moment in time the watch has definitely left the factory.

Here is a catalog illustration from 1999:

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Thanks for the post. That is the thing with watches: there is a production date (or even several production dates: for the case, for the movement, the dial and so on) and there is a delivery date which may be a year or two later. The delivery date is a good final date to refer to: at that moment in time the watch has definitely left the factory.

Here is a catalog illustration from 1999:
I was still a kid back then, even the catalogue has this old retro UK car magazine vibe. I can appreciate that.

By the way, I noticed there is a tiny flaw on the 12 hour lume. Can this be fixed relatively easily or do I need a complete redial?

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S you bought the watch? If so, congratulations are in order.

It seems only a tiny flaw in the lume, I think a specialised watchmaker (experienced with different lumes) could fix this.
 

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I did and thanks! I absolutely love it and I know I would have regretted it if I passed.
Will take the watch for servicing shortly, hopefully the watchmaker will be able to find the right lume paint.
 
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