Zenith Sporto steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1953
A stainless steel manually wound wristwatch with subsidiary seconds
During the 1950s, Zenith’s Sporto range was produced with an extremely good quality steel casing, featuring sharp angles and edges and combinations of satin and polished finishes. The outside case back is solid steel but the movement is covered by an additional glazed cuvette which not only enhances the protection of the movement from dirt and moisture, but also also allows inspection of the movement without opening its casement. Made in circa 1953, this Sporto model has a handsome full Arabic numeral dial with a large engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial and a great combination of fonts for the ‘Zenith’, ‘Sporto’ and ‘Swiss Made’ signatures. There are some oxidation spots to the dial and there is a patch of tonal variation to the surface between 1 and 2 o’clock.
This watch has been fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional pig skin leather strap.
[M] Zenith calibre 126-6 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Incabloc shock absorber, glazed protective cuvette [D] silvered dial, raised gilded Arabic numerals, gilded baton hands, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, outer black minute track [C] stainless steel case with polished finish to the chamfered bezel and tops to the lugs, satin finished case sides and snap-on back [S] case, dial and movement signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 40.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 17mm
All our watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough fitted presentation box.