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View Poll Results: Which dial colour do you like best

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  • Blue

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  • Grey

    5 5.88%
  • Silver

    38 44.71%
  • White

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Thread: Zenith 1969

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    Zenith 1969

    I’ve long had a hankering to find a replacement for the Zenith I stupidly sold some time ago. I really like the 38mm 1969 El Primero, great size, great movement and it’s not a Rolex..

    Pretty much set on the blue dial, on a bracelet, but will try and get the black strap and deployant to give it a different look.

    Like I say, it’s the Blue dial for me, although I’m quite taken with the grey, so if one popped up at a favourable price I wouldn’t be to bothered.

    Interested to see which dial combos others prefer..

    Blue
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    Silver
    White


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    Sorry I cannot help but one word of advice is to see and try it out in person as sometimes web images can be misleading.
    Here is my 42mm El Primero "Champagne" dial.

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    That champagne is very nice indeed


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    Quote Originally Posted by CatalystGuy View Post
    That champagne is very nice indeed
    Agreed, stunning.

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    Silver gets my vote

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    I like the style, but personally I would prefer the sub dials to be the same colour

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    Silver for me.

    You going for 38mm or 42mm version?

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    Silver 38 please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny View Post
    Silver for me.

    You going for 38mm or 42mm version?
    38mm will look better on my weedy arms..

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    Blue dial, and I'd have one already were Zenith to do a non-date version. They don't, so I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    38mm will look better on my weedy arms..
    What size is your wrist?

    The 42mm doesnt wear that big ( my wrists are approx 6.5inches )

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    Silver gets my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny View Post
    What size is your wrist?

    The 42mm doesnt wear that big ( my wrists are approx 6.5inches )
    6.75Ē, but Iíve already decided I prefer the original 38mm size..... much like the 36mm Datejust I chose over the 41mm.
    I just think the smaller size suits me better.

    I may change my mind on colour and go with the Grey, I wonít be changing it regarding size..🤓🤓

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    Absolutely love these, silver would be my favourite closely followed by white.

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    I have the silver dial version, great watch, but it's hard to read the time at a glance because of a lack of contrast with the hands.

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    That's not an easy choice! I think I'd go silver although if I was concerned about legibility it would be the blue.

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    Blue for me with silver a close second.

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    White, I will add one at some stage.

    I can’t see white dial on the zenith site?
    Last edited by Stuno1; 18th July 2019 at 20:25.

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    What if they are all bloody great?
    Blue and silver get my vote.
    (Sorry canít narrow it further down.)


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    I've always liked the silver dial but could see that legibility may be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    I've always liked the silver dial but could see that legibility may be an issue.
    One of the reasons I sold my old one was legibility or the lack of it.... what a mug, I should have just put my glasses on


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    Silver the pick of the bunch for me but the blue is a close second.

    Lovely watches.

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    I'm pretty sure the silver and the white are the same watch under different lighting.

    Last edited by Skyfire; 19th July 2019 at 11:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyfire View Post
    I'm pretty sure the silver and the white are the same watch under different lighting.
    Thanks for this...... looking at the codes, I’d say you’re spot on... the what looks like white is silver

    So I need to add the silver and white together which makes it the clear winner for those that voted..


    Blue 03.2150.400/53.M2150
    Grey 03.2150.400/26.M2150
    Silver 03.2150.400/69.M2150
    White 03.2150.400/69.M2150

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    Agree with the OP regarding the size, 38mm is ideal for this style of watch. I think silver or grey are the best choices, Iíd probably go for silver because itís more Ďclassicí. I would buy with the bracelet option but fit a nice black semi-matt croc or alligator strap as an alternative.

    I have a 20 year old El Primero and itís the best timekeeper I own, an excellent watch and a real design classic. A bit tricky to work on but I like the philosophy of designing the movement to be as slim as practicable.

    LVMH are far more helpful with regard to parts supply; although the parts can be expensive they are far more accessible for repairers. Servicing costs in the future should therefore be lower because youíre not tied into the manufacturers service centre or accredited indys.

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    I'd say silver or white... but I would say that - as I already have this...



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    I would normally head towards the Blue as a natural first choice, but looking at the pics in the OP the Sub dials on the Silver dial just look the business and are more stricking than the layout on the Blue dial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    I would normally head towards the Blue as a natural first choice, but looking at the pics in the OP the Sub dials on the Silver dial just look the business and are more stricking than the layout on the Blue dial.
    I do like the silver dial, but for my ageing eyesight, thereís not enough definition between the hands and the dial...they sort of blend in a bit to much for me, spoiling the legibility.

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    If your a Harrisís reward member they are doing 10% off Zenith until Sunday


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    One of the reasons I sold my old one was legibility or the lack of it.... what a mug, I should have just put my glasses on

    Such a nice gold chrono! A real looker!

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    Thanks for the comments and votes folks.

    Iíve made my decision, and as the grey is the least popular thatís what Iím going for.... I just think itís the most legible, and as I sold my last on due to lack of legibility, I donít want to make the same mistake again..

    Anywho, Iíve negotiated reasonable deal with a local authorised UK agent, so Iím going for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Thanks for the comments and votes folks.

    Iíve made my decision, and as the grey is the least popular thatís what Iím going for.... I just think itís the most legible, and as I sold my last on due to lack of legibility, I donít want to make the same mistake again..

    Anywho, Iíve negotiated reasonable deal with a local authorised UK agent, so Iím going for it.

    Nice! Look forward to pics and thoughts on the watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuno1 View Post
    Nice! Look forward to pics and thoughts on the watch.
    Indeed, please post more when you can. Superb design and iconic movement.

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    Silver would be my choice, with the open dial.

    I know some don't like it, but who cares?

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    Very nice. I've just sold my explorer so for the foreseeable future, my zenith 1969 is going to be my one watch. Might treat it to a nice rubber or nato strap to switch things up a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Silver would be my choice, with the open dial.

    I know some don't like it, but who cares?
    I like the open dial, but sadly, they donít do it in 38mm

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    Well thatís the order placed, and deposit paid.....delivery will be end of Aug beginning of Sept due to Swiss holidays..

    But fair does to the AD, they did me a sweet deal on a genuine Zenith strap and deployant so I can change the look with a complete package..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Well thatís the order placed, and deposit paid.....delivery will be end of Aug beginning of Sept due to Swiss holidays..

    But fair does to the AD, they did me a sweet deal on a genuine Zenith strap and deployant so I can change the look with a complete package..

    Gray sunburst is great, and it's also really great that on this model they've given the chrono minutes priority over the hours where they overlap

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    Good choice :)

    ...and my favourite. My 49 year old A386 el Primero only loses about 30secs a month, and as far as im aware has only been serviced twice in its lifetime (hope I havnt tempted fate now!) :)

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    Well the poll showed that the grey dial was the least popular..... but that was the one I liked the most, so here it is.

    I could have bought from a grey, in Germany, and saved a few quid, but Iíd much rather support a local shop if possible, so I got a nice deal from a local AD, that included the genuine croc strap, and the lovely Zenith deployant, so that was it..







    The centre panel of the box doubles as a small carry case which is a nice touch.




    The watch itself, has exceeded my expectations, I think itís going to look fantastic on the bracelet or the strap, so Iím looking forward to giving this lots of wearing

    The 38mm size is just right for my wrist






    Then finally a shot of the famous el Primero



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    Going to wear it on the croc strap for now... the clasp is a work of art.




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    Congrats, it really is lovely! I absolutely love mine with the cream/white dial.

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    very very nice watch , color combo looks brilliant as well ..

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    Beautiful. The sunburst grey is stunning.

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    Congrats, beautiful watch.


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    That's not helping my current bout of Zenitwantitis... great pics of a lovely watch; enjoy!

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    Great photos, congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Going to wear it on the croc strap for now... the clasp is a work of art.



    They are fabulous watches. I have both the strap and the bracelet for my 42mm

    Juat watch the screws that hold the strap onto the back of the deployant... I lost a screw and had to go back to LVMH

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverte View Post
    They are fabulous watches. I have both the strap and the bracelet for my 42mm

    Juat watch the screws that hold the strap onto the back of the deployant... I lost a screw and had to go back to LVMH

    Enjoy
    Thanks for the heads up...... sizing the bracelet was interesting. Lovely thing, but having to use 2 screwdrivers to remove those tiny screws isnít the easiest way Iíve ever removed links..

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    That is just class.

    I think any of them would have been awesome but I think the grey is a great look.

    Prefer on the strap too. The polished bracelet is ott for me but I'd much rather have it in the box than not ;)

    Wear it in good health!

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