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  1. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Jan 18, 2022

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    So speaking of Zenith, here it is. Just picked up my first vintage watch, an El Primero Chronograph ref A787 (circa '71-'72). While not as famous as the 1969 A386 & A384 duo, it shares the same Cal 3019 PHC movement and the dial has similar design aesthetics. Only 1500 made, but relatively affordable compared to its iconic siblings.
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    It's quite comfortable to wear and I love how slim it is, only 12mm thick including the domed plexi crystal.
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  2. thingziliketoo

    thingziliketoo Jan 18, 2022

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    Is it gold coloured or is it just the lighting? Looks like it is in great condition for a 50 year old watch.
     
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  3. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Jan 18, 2022

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    It's silver, but with a hint of gold under certain lighting.
     
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  4. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Jan 19, 2022

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    Big congrats Mr Speedster, that is one beautiful dial!
     
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  5. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Jan 19, 2022

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    Thank you Jim! Had a feeling you'd like the color. ;)
     
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  6. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 19, 2022

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    Congratulations, a very nice piece.
     
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  7. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Jan 19, 2022

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    Thank you @imagwai !
     
  8. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Jan 19, 2022

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    Very nice, understated beauty.
     
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  9. Yago

    Yago Jan 19, 2022

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    Very cool! What a way to venture into vintage chronographs. You skipped the Viceroy stage ;)
     
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  10. Anthony.R

    Anthony.R Jan 19, 2022

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    Well done mate...that is in great condition for its age. I'm thinking of a Zenith myself.
     
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  11. McBeardy

    McBeardy Jan 19, 2022

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  12. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 19, 2022

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  13. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 19, 2022

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    It went for £3200. A good price for sure, since others had sold just short of £3500. Auctions from private individuals are usually the best way to pick up a watch at a fair market price (the price someone is willing to pay) rather than paying the inflated fixed prices of a lot of dealers. It's the way I bought my Telemeter for such a good price, and also my cream dial Grand Seiko.
     
  14. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Jan 19, 2022

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    Was watching it end, thought it might have done a little more.
     
  15. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 19, 2022

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    Yes, I'm surprised it didn't get up to about £3400-3500. Maybe everyone was eating lunch and forgot about the auction.
     
  16. imagwai

    imagwai Jan 19, 2022

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    The other way to get a bargain on eBay is to look for auctions where the seller has mis-spelled the item title or reference number slightly such that it doesn't show up in a regular search. Much harder to find obviously! :)
     
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  17. McBeardy

    McBeardy Jan 19, 2022

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    Yeah if a 2021 model thats a good price.
     
  18. Pitfitter446

    Pitfitter446 Jan 19, 2022

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    Was tempted thinking I could have made a slight profit from a resale in the right place, but decided discretion was the best course.
     
  19. McBeardy

    McBeardy Jan 19, 2022

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    Did think about it, but loft extension starting next month, no big purchases for me for the time being. I'd also probably prefer new with discount ideally. But that price is very very good
     
  20. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Jan 19, 2022

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    Thanks guys!!!

    I was interested to see a Viceroy in person, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I might. I had long been thinking about the new Zenith Chronomaster Original or A384 Revival, then I stumbled upon this one and was immediately attracted to it. Did some research on it and thought why not get a true vintage original and for a lot less money than a new one as well.

    The condition is really nice. A few scratches here and there, but nothing deep. The crystal looks unblemished so I'm guessing it might have been replaced at some point.
     
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