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Date/Report Number …..051212R5BY.04 Item:  ZODIAC HERMETIC WRIST WATCH
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Description of item:VINTAGE ZODIAC HERMETIC WRIST WATCH 34.4 X 41 MM W/O CROWN! WITH ZODIAC LTD SWISS MADE DUAL INCABLOC NICKEL PLATED BRASS CUT JEWEL CUPS 17 JEWEL CAL 54 MANUAL MOVEMENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $699.00


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ZODIAC
HERMETIC
WRIST WATCH

34.4 X 41
MM
W/O CROWN!

WITH

ZODIAC LTD
SWISS MADE
DUAL INCABLOC
NICKEL PLATED
BRASS CUT JEWEL CUPS
17 JEWEL
CAL 54
MANUAL MOVEMENT

WITH

FIRST CLASS NEW LUXURY VINTAGE STYLE
DOUBLE CONTRAST STITCHED
AND
PADDED
CHRONO STRAP
IN

YOUR CHOICE OF COLORS
BLACK OR VINTAGE TAN

WITH

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I HAVE READ THE HISTORY AT BOTH THE SWATCH "ZODIAC SITE" AND WIKIPEDIA.

BOTH ARE WRONG AS TO DATES. IT SEEMS THAT THE "NEW" SWATCH GROUP SITE  HAS SHAVED DECADES OFF THEIR TIMELINES AND ADDED PREFERRED FICTION.

THE WIKIPEDIA WRITE UP IS PURE AMATEUR HOUR.

Ariste Calame (1839-1917) set up a workshop in 1864 in Cret-Vaillant The Company that followed was founded in 1882 by Ariste Calame. The original name of the company was Ariste Calame. It was a small workshop.Though the name Zodiac was used , it was not registered until 1908. In 1920 the company was listed as Ariste Calame fils . See ad below . By 1923 it was listed as Ariste Calame: Montres Zodiac. The next year, Eisenstadt Mfg. CO.of, St. Louis began importing Zodiac watches.

1924: Zodiac introduces super  pocket watches

1930: Zodiac introduces a spring-based anti-shock system, and creates Harwood bumper based automatic watches

In 1950 Zodiac introduces

the Autographic,
"Famous for Reserve Power Gauge & amazing rotor action, automatic" was introduced and became  THE STABLE OF PROFITS.

The Hermetic
The Corsair
The Power Reserve

In the sixties Zodiac introduced

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  THE ABOVE ADVERT INFORMS IT'S READERS TO VISIT THE ZODIAC EXHIBITION IN THE SWISS WATCH PAVILION AT THE NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR. THIS WAS 1964, IN FLUSHING QUEENS NY.  I WAS THERE AND VISITED THE PAVILION. IT WAS FREE. IF YOU READ MY BOOK, YOU WOULD READ HOW WE WENT TO 14 FREE EXHIBITS THE WATCH PAVILION, GENERAL ELECTRIC AND THE IBM EXHIBITS WERE THE BEST AND THE AMPHIBIAN CAR THAT WENT INTO WATER MADE IT A GREAT EXPERIENCE; ESPECIALLY FOR MY BROTHER WHO WAS 7 AND I , AT 11, WERE JUST KIDS BEGINNING A JOURNEY ["RUNNING AWAY"].  

The Sea Wolf 
[THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF WAS FIRST INTRODUCED AT THE 1964 WORLDS FAIR.   THE FIRST DIVE WATCHES INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD IN 1954 WERE THE BLANCPAIN AND THE ROLEX SUBMARINER WITH MINERAL GLASS CRYSTALS . THE US GOV CONTRACTED WITH BULOVA FOR A DIVE WITH PLEXIGLASS CRYSTAL AND A 350 FOOT CAPABILITY  IN LATE 1950-1963.]

The GMT
The Datographic
The Olympos

1972 Zodiac introduced the SST Astographic which had two revolving satellites instead of hands and a red moon indicated the time. "Split Second Timing" was abbreviated as SST meant With  an automatic movement with calendar, and shock and water-resist, it was touted as  "Americans best selling underwater watch".

1974 ZODIAC introduced the Super Sea Wolf pressurized to 2500 feet and a bezel for elapsed time read-outs.

1974 ZODIAC introduced an LCD and slim wrist self wind.watches in yellow gold,.

1975 ZODIAC introduced the Rotomatic

after this the company changed hands until Swatch bought it and the made up their own history, such as a phantom  Sea Wolf from 1953!

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THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCHES

The modern scuba diving watch was introduced to the public in 1954 (BLANCPAIN ROLEX) at the annual watch trade show in Basel, Switzerland.

With existing contracts with the Air Forces and Army,  the US Navy entered into an agreement with the Bulova Watch Company, and it's Bulova Research and Development Laboratories, to develop and manufacture a new dive watch with plexiglass crystal and 350 feet capability.

THE 1964 BULOVA 666 MODEL LAUNCHED ALL FUTURE LINES AND MODELS OF THE FAMOUS NAVY MILITARY DIVE WATCHES DURING VIETNAM WAR AND ALL FUTURE BULOVA 333 FEET AND 666 FEET DIVE WATCHES.

ADDITIONALLY, THE FIRST OFFICIAL US MILITARY DIVER WATCH WAS IS THE RESULT OF THREE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FROM 1958,TO 1961, [MIL-W-3181 / MIL-W-22176 / MIL-W-22176A]. IT WAS IN 1961 THAT BULOVA, UNDER US NAVY CONTRACT TO PERFECT THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLAS CRYSTAL, WAS FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AND IT PASSED ALL GOVERNMENT TESTS INCLUDING DIVING TO 392 FEET.

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WHILE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT, IN 1963, BULOVA DROPPED THEIR CONTRACT & THE CONTRACT WAS TAKEN OVER BY BLANCPAIN [FAMOUS FOR 1954 BLANCPAIN DIVE] , WHO PRODUCED THE  TR-900 DIVE WATCH. THE  TR-900 DIVE MATCHED MUCH OF THE SPECS, CASING  AND OTHER DESIGNS OF BULOVA' FINAL VERSION, INCLUDING THE VERY LOOK AND DESIGN DOWN TO THE RADIUM MARKERS, BEZEL AND BEZEL INSERT.

ABOUT 1000 TR-900'S WOULD BE PRODUCED UNDER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE NAVY DURING    [ NOTE "BLANCPAIN MI SPEC 1" WAS THE FIFTY FATHOMS WITH MOISTURE INDICATOR DESIGNED BY US MILITARY ]    AND ISSUED TO NAVY UDT FROGMAN TEAMS AND MARINE RECON UNITS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, BULOVA RELEASED THEIR PLEXIGLAS AUTOMATIC 666 DIVE WATCH FOR COMMERCIAL SALES AND THEY WERE AVAILABLE AT MILITARY PX & R&R DESTINATIONS. IT IS IN THIS TIME FRAME THAT ELGIN PRODUCED THEIR FIRST AUTOMATIC WATER PROOF, ALL STEEL DIVE WATCH WITH RADIUM MARKERS.

BY 1964-1967, DIVE WATCHES WERE IN HIGH DEMAND. ESPECIALLY AUTOMATICS. AND, WITH A WET HOT HUMID VIETNAM WAR --- THE PX WAS A HOT MARKET.

[NOTE: ALL THE WATCHES SHOWN WERE RESTORED BY ROCK]

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 BULOVA DEVELOPED THE FIRST AUTOMATIC DIVE WATCH WITH PLEXIGLASS CRYSTAL WITH 350 FEET CAPABILITY   UNDER US CONTRACT, RELEASED THEIR AUTOMATIC MODEL WITH PLEXIGLASS CRYSTAL IN COMPETITION WITH THE ZODIAC SEA WOLF AUTOMATIC IN 1964.

BOTH WERE INVESTED IN BY US AND AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS FROM PRIVATE TO OFFICER...IN FACT, THEY MADE MORE SALES AND MONEY THAN BLANCPAIN, WHO HAD TAKEN OVER THE BULOVA CONTRACT AND UTILIZED ALL THE MAIN FEATURES OF BULOVA RESEARCH IN PRODUCING THE US MILITARY DIVE WATCH!

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WALTHAM [ABOVE], ANOTHER LONG TIME US MILITARY WATCH DEVELOPER,  FOLLOWED WITH THEIR OWN MODEL WHICH WAS LARGER THAN THE BULOVA, ZODIAC OR ELGIN... 

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ELGIN, WHO HAD SUPPLIED US MILITARY WATCHES SINCE WWI. RELEASED THERE OWN VERSION WITH STRAIGHT DROP LUGS, MEDIUM BEZEL IN A SMALL CASE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ELGIN WWII CASES. IT WAS ONLY LARGER DUE TO THE BEZEL.

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AND, FINALLY, WE HAD BENRUS. BENRUS HAD, BY BEATING OUT BULOVA FOR THE FIRST US VIETNAM ERA CONTRACT ,THEY WON THE FIRST MAIN CONTRACT FOR MILITARY ISSUED VIETNAM SERVICE US ARMY AND AIR FORCE WATCHES AND ALSO A MILITARY DIVE WATCH. THEY WOULD INTRODUCE THE SINGLE CASE BENRUS. AT THAT TIME, DUE TO ITS SINGLE CASE DESIGN AND THE SIMPLE BEZEL WITH ELGIN STYLE LUGS, IT BECAME A HIT WITH THE GI'S. BUT THEY TOOK ANOTHER STEP. TO MAKE THEIR DIVE WATCH STAND OUT, THEY INTRODUCED A LIMITED  25 JEWEL INCABLOC MODEL. THEY UTILIZED A 25J A.S. EUBACHE  AND A ETA 17J ROTOR ASSEMBLY TO PRODUCE THE LIMITED SELFWINDING ULTRA DEEP 666 FEET.

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MINT CONDITION STUNNING BLACK & GOLD SS ZODIAC HERMETIC

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JET-BLACK
ZODIAC ENAMEL DIAL
SIGNED

ZODIAC
HERMETIC
SWISS

FEATURES
OUTER WHITE SECONDS & MINUTE HASHES
LUMINOVA ILLUMINATION DOTS
SILVER RIVETED RAISED ARABIC NUMERALS
GOLD SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
SILVER HANDS W/LUMINOVA INSERTS
BLACK SUB SECOND HAND

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova


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CASE IS SOLID
STAINLESS STEEL
IN
MINT CONDITION

34.4 X 41
MM
W/O CROWN

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NEW CRYSTAL
 
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THE MOST STUNNING
ZODIAC
HERMETIC
WRIST WATCH


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EVER SEE A CLEANER
MINTIER
STUNNING
1950-1954
ZODIAC
WRIST WATCH?.

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CASE CASE BACK STRAP CRYSTAL CROWN MOVEMENT
ARE ALL STUNNING

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I LOVE THIS FISH

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AND OUR BEST
HD
DUAL SKIN
LEATHER STRAP

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FIRST CLASS NEW LUXURY VINTAGE STYLE
DOUBLE CONTRAST NYLON STITCHED
WITH
OVER STITCHING THAT WILL NOT ROT
AND
SUPER NICE PADDING

THE ULTRA-CHRONO STRAP
IN
CHOICE OF COLORS
BLACK OR VINTAGE TAN


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CHOICE OF COLORS
BLACK OR TAN

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THIS OFFER IS ONLY FOR ZODIAC ON LEFT
THE PICTURE WAS PLACED TO SHOW THE CHOICE OF COLORS
BLACK OR TAN

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THIS OFFER IS ONLY FOR ZODIAC ON LEFT
THE PICTURE WAS PLACED TO SHOW THE CHOICE OF COLORS
BLACK OR TAN

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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A SUPER DETAILED STEEL CASE

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WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY

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YES, HANDS RESTORED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED

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OUTER SEAL
WONDERFUL CASE FINISH
SIGNED ZODIAC
[HERMETIC]

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[BEFORE SERVICE]

ZODIAC LTD
SWISS MADE
SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS
UNADJUSTED
54
[FHF 175 BASE]

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[AFTER SERVICE]

INNER SEAL
[HERMETIC]

Features
manual wind
nickel finished
brass cut jewel cups
dual incabloc shock protection
sub second

Data
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 46h

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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