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This arrived in the post yesterday, it's in amazing condition for its age. I'm well chuffed with it as the sellers pics weren't exactly clear, so I took a gamble and it paid off (for once).







I've had a silver dialled XL-Tronic before and the Allegro version of my new Zenith and sold them both to fund other watches. Hopefully I'll keep this one a little longer.

The nato is just a temporary measure, any thoughts on straps or bracelets? It's 19mm but I'm sure 20mm will fit with a bit of friendly persuasion.
I was kinda thinking gloss black lizard but I'm open to suggestions. HAGWA.

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Gary :)
 

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Wonderful watch! Looks like it ought to have something black - or a similar shade of blue if you go for coloured straps. Interesting that even on electronic watches, Zenith tended to put the date at 4:30. Very typically Zenith!

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Very sweet indeed! Do you recall what movement it uses?

As for me, I would go for a shiny black croc strap, or perhaps a vintage style bracelet.....

But many thanks for sharing!

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Thanks guys, I have to say I'm really pleased with this one. :-! One of my ebay gambles that came good.

Dan - the movement is an esa 9162. These are fast becoming my favourite movement, vastly underrated, extremely accurate and a work of engineering genius by Max Hertzel.

I have an Omega Seamaster 120 f300 with the same movement that I bought of the bay a few weeks ago. It needed a new crystal so I took it to a friend and fellow WIS who specialises in repairing these movements last weekend. We decided to time it out of curiousity, bear in mind it has had little or no maintenance in its 34 year history. Amazingly it was +1.8, so still well within chronometer standards. In fact I have 3 other watches with the same movement, all 30 years + and they are all within chronometer standards still, pretty impressive imho.

Here's my Allegro version of my new Zenith, I believe Zenith watches were branded as Allegro in the US because of conflict with Zenith Radio Corporation. I'd like to find out more about this if anyone has more info.



And my other Zenith XL-Tronic, this one has the esa 9164 (same as 9162 but with a day).



Interestingly all these versions have the Genevé striped version of the movement, a small detail but it seems to be more covetable.



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Gary
 

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Very sweet for sure! While I do shun quartz for the most part, I will admit there is a subset of quartz movements that do hold an interest.

Many thanks for sharing the pics and info on that nice looking movement!

Dan
 
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