Vintage Zenith Defy Quartz Watch 1970s

Vintage Zenith Defy Surf Quartz Stainless Steel Watch from 1970s

Regular price £400.00 Sale

Vintage Zenith Defy Surf Quartz Watch from 1970s with Box

Make: Zenith

Model: Defy Quartz

Size: 36mm

Movement: Zenith 46.0 Quartz Movement 

Material: Stainless Steel

Date: 1970's

Mechanical Condition: Working perfectly and keeping very accurate time over our 48 hour test

Physical Condition: Very Good

- History of Zenith - 

As far as my local watchmaker is concerned Zenith is the "watchmakers watch", as you take a brief look at their history you can understand why he believes this.

Back in 1865, the founder of Zenith, Georges Favre-Jacot, revolutionised watch production by uniting all the watchmaking professions under one roof, thereby inventing the very concept of a Manufacture in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. His commitment to creating exceptional timepieces with the finest craftsmanship was encapsulated by a name synonymous with success, power and the highest point reached by a celestial body, none other than Zenith!

Over the past 148 years, Zenith has continued to create beautiful hand-crafted watches in very same location. Zenith is one of very few watchmakers that produce its pieces entirely in-house.

From creation to completion, a Zenith watch will spend nine months in their Swiss headquarters. During that time, they are meticulously crafted and tested. In fact, when all the watchmakers, designers, scientific researchers and engineers are considered, each watch is created by 80 different talented individuals!

The luxury brand’s autonomous spirit and high-end pedigree are reflected in the kind of inspiring individuals who have relied on their timepieces over the decades, and you are in good hands here as Mahatma Ghandi, the preeminent father of Indian nationalism, used a Zenith.

- About this watch -

This Zenith Defy Watch is in incredible condition and comes with its original wood and suede box. It has a stunning black dial with a striking red second hand and some lovely custard lume indices that I love so  much (see macro shots for detail on this). This is a classic watch from a highly prestigious but sadly overlooked brand that will look as good with a suit, as it would with a trip to the beach (note: watch not water tested - so best to leave it in your shoe if you do go or a dip in the sea!)

I have dated this watch back to late 1970's from the serial number (02 0430 456 480) and its 46.0 Zenith movement calibre. It is triple signed (crown, bracelet and movement) and has clearly been very well looked after by its previous owners both physically and mechanically. However for your peace of mind I have fitted a brand new Renata Swiss Made long life battery, so it will continue to tick for many years to come. The movement is working perfectly, keeping accurate time and the date window functioning perfectly too.

CASE: Watch case is in great condition (very small ding on top left of strap) 
DIAL: Great condition  
BACK CASE: Great condition  
CROWN: Brilliant condition.  
CRYSTAL: Great condition.  
OVERALL CONDITION: Has been tested, cleaned and checked over and is in excellent working order.  
PRESENTATION: Presented in a vintage style presentation box, great for a gift or to simply keep the watch in.  
AUTHENTICITY: Certification provided upon request. 

- Technical Specs -

CASE SIZE: 34mm to crown (37mm without crown)

STRAP SIZE: Currently set to fit a 18cm wrist (7" inches), however the bracelet has additional slots for extension and we can also supply a bracelet extender if you need it.

CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel 

BRACELET:  Original Stainless Steel Zenith Defy Strap

- Shipping -

Worldwide shipping available, all items are shipped fully insured and sent as priority mail. 

For outside of the EU customs or import charges will be paid by the customer (if applied). 

- T&C's -

The watch is guaranteed to be in full functioning good working condition when it is posted from our store. 

For your peace of mind Wilberforce Watches offers a 30 day mechanical limited warranty for all watches, please see full terms and conditions for full details, available at email request. 

Whether it be two days after the sale or two years, please let us know the issue as we have got your back. However please bear in mind that due to the nature of vintage watches, we do expect reasonable treatment of all watches by their new owners. So, no cave diving or base jumping please.