ZENITH PROTOTYPE 146HP 1970s PVD ALUMINUM 41MM CHRONOGRAPH TONNEAU BARRELZenith
For auction is a 1970s Zenith PVD Prototype 'Shadow' caliber 146HP aluminum 41mm. Rare watch with a cool broad arrow hand set. A sleeper piece that is subtle in its black case. An early attempt at PVD these watches also were made of aluminum case uppers which was also a revolutionary use of material at the time. The tonneau cushion case is such a 70's and 80's stalwart; it really has an appealing shape to it and that is why it has been an enduring design. This is one of the best applications of this case shape ever from a number of perspectives: brand (Zenith), case design (this is slightly different from other watches that use this similar case shape) and most importantly movement (it uses a caliber 146HP which while not being a El Primero is a very high grade and beautiful manual winding caliber). And on top of all that it has a great dial.
Diameter: 41 mm w/out crown, 44 mm w/crown, 45 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 20 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 20 mm strap)
Height: 13 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 57 grams
Movement: Zenith caliber 146HP manual winding
Strap/Bracelet: Leather high grade brown rally strap
Case: PVD on aluminum case upper with stainless steel screw down caseback, original pushers and crown, case shows some wear but is good overall
Dial: MATTE BLACK with applied outer tachymeter chapter in white print, Zenith logo at 12 o'clock, tritium broad arrow style markers, guilloche subdials
Condition: 85% (8.5 of 10): nice pre-owned vintage condition showing wear but good overall appearance, working well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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