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SOLD - Zenith El Primero A385

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$5,750 $1,300 above median

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SOLD - Zenith El Primero A385

watch.source.namePosted by Andy K in omegaforums.net
$5,750 $1,300 above median

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For sale is a Zenith El Primero from 1972 in VG condition. Reference A385, Cal. 3019 PHC, serial number 903D856. Watch comes on full, correct Zenith Ladder bracelet by Guy Freres, with the hard-to-find ZKM endlinks, which are correct for the angled tonneau case. Watch was serviced last in 2015.

This model is one of the original three El Primeros, and is distinctive for that case, the smoky brown/khaki fume dial, and the ladder bracelet. Dial is attractive and in great shape except for a minor scratch at about 10:00 toward the center of the dial. Crown and caseback are correct. Case has been polished but retains much more of the original facets than most polished examples and looks great on the wrist. Lume has attractive patina that matches the hands. Caseback is correct and SN is clearly visible, but it has scratches and scuffs from its previous life.

Why I’m Selling
I’m making room for a few incoming watches. I am sad to see this one go as I have really enjoyed wearing this the past couple of years. Hoping it will find a good home.

Issues
-Scratches on caseback and underside of the midcase. A lot of them.
-Polished case.
-The red sweep hand was replaced in 2016 – I am not sure of it is a correct part or if it was aged to match.

Positives
-All functions (winding, setting, chrono start/stop/reset) as expected.
-Correct, hard-to-find bracelet with ZKM endlinks

Provenance
I bought the watch from a dealer in 2015. Original ad here. This exact watch was featured on Hodinkee, I then publicly mocked the price, then two weeks later ate my words and bought the darned thing. What can I say, I am weak-willed!

Comes with
Watch, bracelet, end links. No box or papers.

Photos


Price
Asking $5,750 OBRO. Private sales comps are hard to come by, and dealer asking prices are all over the board so that’s my best effort at a reasonable price. A decent chunk of the asking price is a premium for the bracelet and links, which I have turned down multiple unsolicited offers on. I will consider selling the watch only, but I won’t sell the bracelet/links separately unless someone buys the watch only first.

NO TRADES PLEASE
(unless you have a really nice 145.012 or 105.012, then let’s talk!

Payment

Wire, cash (watch and I are in the USA - Chicago area), Paypal if you have references.

Buyer
I prefer selling domestically to keep things simple. I will sell internationally on a case by case basis (in other words, buyer needs solid recent references and must accept full customs declaration and cover extra shipping cost). Buyer must have solid references.

Returns
No returns unless watch is grossly misrepresented. Selling as-is with no warranty. I make no promises as to water-resistance, expose it to water at your own risk.


References
I’m an individual collector, not a dealer, and have no affiliation with Zenith or any brand. I have been active on watch forums for several years and have numerous references as a buyer, trader, and seller. I have perfect eBay feedback, where I have also bought and sold several watches.

Feedback as a buyer:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/pe...at-guy-4008554-post38279378.html#post38279378
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=344339
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=335726&highlight=AndyK
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=333246&highlight=AndyK
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=185243&highlight=AndyK
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-fantastic-buyer-872551.html

Feedback as a seller:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-honest-seller-2967402.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-excellent-seller-1907466.html#post16031586
https://omegaforums.net/threads/deal-with-andy-k.23626/
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=231188&highlight=Andy K
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=193561&highlight=Andy K
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/deal-andy-k-1751962.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-great-seller-dont-hesitate-978002.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-great-seller-964121.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-no-worries-here-seller-962895.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-great-seller-961995.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-great-seller-684909.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-great-563468.html
http://forums.watchnet.com/index.php?t=msg&goto=498689&rid=69169#msg_498689

Feedback as a trader:
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=361168http://forums.watchuseek.com/f63/andy-k-excellent-deal-566270.html

You can also find me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/calibre1040/ or my website www.calibre1040.com.
 

Estimated Private Party Value $3,850 — $4,950

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