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The serial number dates to around 1954; the style would seem to match that. Case seems a bit overpolished in places. Dial looks almost too nice for a 60 year old watch, but the lume looks legit and there's enough detail in the markings that if its a redial, it's really well done. I don't know that Zenith is enough of a premium name to justify making a fake/fraken. Ranftt's site has a sub-second Zenith Pilot; different dial layout, but suggests the star and "Zenith Pilot" text look identical: bidfun-db Archive: Wrist Watches: 462: Gents Zenith Pilot Manual Wind, Sub Second, ca. 1955

It looks like a Zenith 40, with a sweep second modification: bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Zenith 40
 

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Already replied to this in the Zenith forum. The movement is a Cal. 12-4-50-6, the serial number doesn't quite make the 1954 mark (by that time, they were using the Cal. 120 anyway) and I agree that it's a redial. The cash looks OK considering that the watch is in good state (even allowing for the value reducing redial) - these things are getting more expensive all the time! Try getting a vintage El Primero from the early seventies and see what you'll have to pay these days!!

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Hi out there,

the seller is not dishonest; he always mentions the "beautiful refurbished black dial".
I only wonder why people even consider to buy such fancy objects.

Regards, Roland Ranfft
 

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Thanks for all the replies guys :)

Didn't bid for it in the end, the seller lives in the same country as me and insisted that I do a a direct bank transfer instead of going through paypal. Made me quite suspicious of him.
 
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