Vintage Zenith Defy divers watch

Here’s one you won’t see often: the Zenith Defy with octagonal case, but with a screw down crown at 4 and a turning bezel!

The movement is the Zenith 2552PC and these watches were supposedly rated to 600m. This watch had the original Gay Freres bracelet too.

In the picture you can see the hands an indexes are painted black and filled with lume, except for the index at 3 and 9. I don’t know if this was an original feature or if those indexes were replaced at one time…

Here’s a funny story my watchmaker told me when these just came out in the 70’s: as a promotional stunt, Zenith tied a watch to a propellor of the ferry between Ostend and Hull. On the return trip, they took the watch off and it was still keeping time! Then, they took the same watch and asked a local Belgian celeb to throw the watch through a glass window. The glass chattered, but the watch was still good and ticking!

This one had a champagne dial. I’ve also seen them with red and orange and according to my watchmaker there was also a green one!

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~ by filipvanroy on December 28, 2010.

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