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The Zenith Victorious was exclusively sold to the Italian market during the early to mid-1970s. This example was produced in 1972, and is in the best condition I have ever seen. The Victorious has become extremely rare and is heavily sought after by Zenith collectors. This vintage Datejust killer is currently being offered for sale with the original box.

 

The 36.25 mm stainless steel case displays one of the most beautiful dials. This watch represents early-1970s Italy so well in that it was becoming very cutting edge in fashion design elements but appreciated traditional aesthetics.

 

Those design concepts are clearly displayed on the dial of this watch which employed a sector style outlay utilizing a fading smoke gray to near tobacco brown finish, rather than traditional bold ink. The hand-painted white minute markers displayed on darker tone smoke gray backdrop, perfectly complements the brushed finished steel finish of the hour track. This dial is in pristine condition and has zero moisture damage. It looks exactly as it did when it left the factory.

 

The multi-tone hands feature polished steel, black and tritium finishes (tritium completely intact), and provide perfect legibility. This piece is outfitted with the original signed Zenith crown, and perfectly intact original slightly domed acrylic crystal.

 

The Zenith 2552 PC automatic movement is in excellent condition and is keeping very good time. The 23 jewel in-house automatic caliber movement was used in early defy models and features date placement between the four and 5 o’clock hour markers.

 

To finish off this amazing piece, Zenith outfitted it with an absolutely stunning and comfortable Novavit SA (NSA) produced and Zenith branded bracelet. The 18 mm bracelet uses a combination of textured and polished links, known as the “bark and beads” pattern. The curved end links hug the case flush and feed into the overall beauty and under the radar sophistication of this piece. These bracelets have become highly collectible due to the amazing quality and the historically significant brands and models that featured them.

1972 Zenith Victorious Rare

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