1971 Zenith Defy 'Gauss' Super-antimagnetic 'High Beat' - FULL SET - Ref. 50038-6
A fine and rare 28.800 Bph Zenith Automatic Super-antimagnetic 'Gauss'
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The rare and unusual Defy Gauss was the answer from Zenith to the Rolex Milgauss 1019 and the IWC Ingenieur. Featuring a dust cap and built in a strong screw-back case with dials made of anti-magnetic material., the Defy Gauss was only produced in 550 pieces featuring a black dial, 600 pieces with a blue dial and 950 pieces with a silver dial, making this anti-magnetic Zenith wristwatch a rare watch indeed.
Produced between 1971-73 in very limited numbers, the Zenith Defy Gauss is now a truly collector's timepiece.
Like the standard tonneau defy, spaceman, and tv case in same production period, the Gauss featured a Zenith caliber 2562pc shock resistant protected high frequency 28.8k movement. The aggressive and futuristic 38mm unpolished steel tonneau case was water resistant to 300m (superior to the Rolex Milgauss of similar production period).
This particular Zenith houses a high grade caliber 2562 PC, manufactured only for a few years. The brushed steel case and the Zenith 'Lobster' steel bracelet are in very good condition with some slight signs of wear. The original black dial, the rarest (550 only were manufactured !) gives to this watch a very elegant and sporty look.
The 2562 PC has 23 jewels, a 46 hour power reserve, and beats at 28,800/bph. It features a screwless Glucydur balance and fine regulator adjustment by eccentric screw. It winds on ball bearings via a click-wheel switcher on the crown wheel. The 2562 is a truly excellent performer, and well-capable of attaining chronometer status.
This watch comes with its original Zenith box and Zenith guarantee.
Today when one thinks of a vintage Zenith, the first thing that comes to mind is the El Primero chronographs. But other than its chronograph pieces, Zenith was also busy creating other sports models and tool watches, taking cues from 1960s and 1970s design. This example is another creation by the manufacturer that is simply a workhorse type piece perfect for everyday wear. The case measures 38mm across, and the tonneau-shape is 45mm from top to bottom, and this certainly create quite a presence on the wrist. The dial is uncomplicated with legibility in mind, but with the little quirkiness of the date being at four. Keeping in line with Zenith’s legacy as a movement maker, the watch is fitted with a self-winding caliber 2562PC, which is a high-beat movement with great performance that was used in the Respirator models from the same era.
- Maker: Zenith
- Model: Defy 'Gauss'
- Reference: 50038-6
- Case N°: 317E1XX
- Year: 1971
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 38x45x14mm
- Caliber: In house Automatic Zenith 2562 PC
- Bracelet/Strap: Original Zenith Steel 'Lobster'
- Lug width: 22mm
- Box/Papers: Original Zenith box & Original Zenith guarantee
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
The tonneau steel case and bracelet are in very good condition with some minor signs of wear, it has kept its original angles nicely. The original black dial and mineral crystal are perfect. The dial, case and crown are signed, all parts are original. It has a cool and virile presence on the wrist an can be worn daily and for more formal occasions.
This particular timepiece comes with it's original Zenith box and guarantee.