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Zodiac Astrographic

Postby Racer-X » August 12th 2018, 6:57am

"While many brands have bolstered their historical collections in recent times, few if any brands have done so like Zodiac. The Swiss brand, with its Fossil-owned backing and archives of interesting pieces from the mid-20th century, has built its entire modern identity, and most of its collections, upon its vintage heyday. Previously on “Vintage Eye,” we’ve covered two of Zodiac’s most popular historical pieces, the skin-diving Sea Wolf and the deep-sea-diving Super Sea Wolf. This week we turn to a lesser known, yet still strikingly retro watch, the mystery-dial Astrographic."

https://www.watchtime.com/featured/vintage-eye-for-the-modern-guy-zodiac-astrographic/

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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby foghorn » August 12th 2018, 7:15am

Cool watches. I had one and sold it a couple years ago. Like a Damned old FOOL!!!
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby monster623az » August 12th 2018, 7:54am

Missed my chance on a few of these years ago, but had I bought them I probably woulda just sold them too.
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 12th 2018, 8:05am

Transparent disks with "floating" hands weren't anything new even by the time Zodiac released the original Astrographic. However, Zodiac's take on it was pretty fucking cool.

The integrated bracelet would put me off, but generally... Not bad, not bad at all!
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby Thunder1 » August 12th 2018, 8:23am

Interesting watch, for sure..
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby smellody » August 12th 2018, 8:43am

I had one. It was pretty cool.
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby conjurer » August 12th 2018, 9:24am

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:Transparent disks with "floating" hands weren't anything new even by the time Zodiac released the original Astrographic. However, Zodiac's take on it was pretty fucking cool.

The integrated bracelet would put me off, but generally... Not bad, not bad at all!


Didn't Longines come out with these first?
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 12th 2018, 11:32am

conjurer wrote:
MKTheVintageBloke wrote:Transparent disks with "floating" hands weren't anything new even by the time Zodiac released the original Astrographic. However, Zodiac's take on it was pretty fucking cool.

The integrated bracelet would put me off, but generally... Not bad, not bad at all!


Didn't Longines come out with these first?

Likely. I've seen it also attributed to LeCoultre, but frankly, there doesn't seem to be a lot of info about the actual origin of the "mystery dial" concept. Longines was one of the most popular manufacturers of these, along with LeCoultre (well, the vast majority would have been signed only LeCoultre, without the "Jaeger", as mystery dials were mostly made for the US market), Vacheron Constantin, Wittnauer and Louvic.
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Re: Zodiac Astrographic

Postby 3Flushes » August 12th 2018, 6:30pm

I had an SST I gave to a cousin and upon my return to the father's and son's poker game I discovered that he still wears it.

The new version really does the original justice.
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