Lot No. 544 (93rd Auction)
CHRONOMETRE ZENITH, Movement No. 25051, 150 x 113 x 150 mm, circa 1945

A rare observatory competition chronometer with 54h power reserve, winding and hand setting by turning the bezel - with extracts from the chronometer archives by Andreas Hidding
Case: mahogany. Dial: silvered. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, 65 mm, decorated, gilt, lever escapement, large Guillaume gold screw balance.

Between 1945 and 1954 this chronometer took part in no less than six chronometer tests at the Neuchâtel observatory. It had been regulated by famous regulateur Charles Fleck and was awarded a 6th place in 1947 and a first prize "Chronometres de Poche, 1er Classe, 1er Prix".

For Zenith, accuracy always had top priority. Right from their first day - when the company was established by Georges Favre-Jacot in 1865 - greatest value was put on the réglage of the ébauches; this has forever been the company’s philosophy, from the days of the legendary wrist chronometers to the development of the famous "El Primero" with automatic winding.
During the early 20th century, the Zenith timekeepers usually came top in the chronometer tests and have so far collected over 1,500 awards and prizes for outstanding quality and precision.
One from the range of highly accomplished timepieces is this chronometer, which is wound by turning the bezel. The large chronometer balance and the particularly fine réglage as well as the overall design bear witness to the high standards of the manufacturers. The watch is also extremely well preserved.
Estimate  1,200 - 3,000 €

Price Realised  2,300 €
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