ZENITH DEFY REF. A3649
Fine and rare stainless steel tonneau-shaped diver’s wristwatch with 2 tone dial and date.
- Technical datas
The watchmaker Georges Favre Jacot set up his own business in 1865. His aim was to manufacture robust and precise watches at an affordable price. Ten years after the creation of his firm, he employed 1/3 of the population of Le Locle, on the Franco-Swiss border.
In 1896, the already famous industrialist was awarded a medal at the Swiss National Exhibition.
In 1911, when Georges Favre Jacot retired, his descendants named the company “Zenith”, named after a successful pocket watch and in reference to the science of observing the stars, astronomy.
The first wristwatch models that came out of the factory in the 1920s were reminiscent of pocket watches.
In 1948, the Manufacture developed the calibre 135, and won the competition of the Neuchâtel Observatory five years in a row.
In 1959, Zenith absorbs the company Martel Watch Co, known to have developed chronograph calibres for Universal Genève.
It is in 1967 that a collection of sports watches is proposed by the brand under the name of Defy. It is in fact a watch capable of resisting shocks thanks to an elastic and shock-absorbing circle that surrounds the movement. This one is the calibre 2562, self-winding mechanical and manufactured in the Martel workshops.
The model presented here is a Defy Diver 600. It is a 38 mm diameter stainless steel barrel-shaped case. Screwed crown and case back. 60 mn graduated orange rotating bezel. Black and orange dial, date window between 4 and 5. Luminescent hour markers and hands, oversized minute hand and central second hand. Self-winding mechanical movement, calibre 2252.
It is the very first sports watch developed by the Zenith Manufacture.
A magnificent diver’s watch ready to take up any challenge !!!