Zodiac Autographic Power Reserve ref. 685 (Gilt Dial)


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Brand: Zodiac

Model: Autographic ref. 685 Power Reserve Automatic (Gilt Dial); Swiss Made circa 1950s

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 33mm excluding what appears to be the original winding crown

Strap: 18mm smooth dark brown leather strap with matching stitching and polished stainless steel tang buckle

Movement: Zodiac cal. 1424 (base AS cal. 1424N) self-winding automatic movement (17 jewels) with central power reserve display (36 hours); 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original glossy black gilt dial with applied "Zodiac" logo, luminous "torch" indices, and Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock; original matching gold/gilt handset; unique central power reserve indicator (36 hours); solid stainless steel case with screw-down back and cool lugs; domed acrylic crystal; rare Autographic model variation

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with only minor honest wear consistent with age and light use; sharp stainless steel case with nice lugs; crisp screw-down caseback remains clearly legible with deep engravings; incredible original black "gilt" dial with all lume plots in tact and aged to a gorgeous yellow hue; original gold hands with matching yellow lume; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: This rare 1950s Zodiac Autographic features a beautiful glossy black dial with attractive gold printing and innovative central power reserve display. The power reserve arrow hand moves counter-clockwise (increases) as the wearer manually winds the crown or shakes the watch. As the watch runs down, the wearer can determine the remaining power reserve in real time at a quick glance. The sharp stainless steel case sits comfortably on the wrist and slides effortlessly under the cuff of a shirt or jacket. It can be dressed up with a suit and tie or worn casually with a t-shirt and jeans. If you're looking for a rare and unique vintage watch from a historic brand at an affordable price point, this Zodiac Autographic is a perfect choice.

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