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Some time in the 1950s. Technically, I'd say in the 1920s or even before: my Zenith pocket watch from 1929 has a star on the crown but it's not all that obvious. But on wrist watches, I think that the concensus was early 1950s. sempervivens will know more about this (or search the Zenith forum on the topic).

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Some time in the 1950s. Technically, I'd say in the 1920s or even before: my Zenith pocket watch from 1929 has a star on the crown but it's not all that obvious. But on wrist watches, I think that the concensus was early 1950s. sempervivens will know more about this (or search the Zenith forum on the topic).

Hartmut Richter
Thank you Hartmut.

BTW I think the picture above is wrong. My favorite vintage Zenith from the mid 60s (cal.2532) has
 

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100% sure? Not at all, only 99.9%. :) I've seen many Zenith watches from the 60s with the same crowns.
BTW what do you think about this Zenith? :-!

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probep is right - the picture is wrong. The NATO star crown did not come into use in 1960 but towards the end of the sixties. Before that, the five pointed star with a superimposed "Z" was still used.

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100% sure? Not at all, only 99.9%. :) I've seen many Zenith watches from the 60s with the same crowns.
BTW what do you think about this Zenith? :-!

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Very nice piece, I like it! I have to ask though why it has the five pointed star with the Z inside on the crown and NATO Z on the dial? I have a Zenith in need of a crown and will probably fit a generic to it but am keeping my eyes open for a signed one.

Mike
 
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