The Colt Chronograph Automatic is a really underrated chronograph. The play between polished and satin finish makes it stunning and cool. With 200m water resistant and Breitling caliber 13 movement is this model the most affordable automatic chronograph by Breitling. Casual performance.
Case material: Base metal and stainless-steel back
Glass material: Acrylic
Case style/size: Round/33*33mm, with crown 35,5mm
Other dimensions: Height 10mm, lug to lug 40mm, lug width 17mm
Cal: AS 1686
Power reserve: 42h
Wristband material: Morellato brown leather
Features: Shock proof, antimagnetic and waterproof
Price range: 30-50 euro
Feel of the watch: This watch is in good condition, keeping perfect time. Also, this was a flea market find, pretty banged up. The glass still has some inner cracks. But on the wrist, they are almost invisibly. As I say every time, this watch is too small for my wrist. That’s why I lend my wife this watch.
Looks: This watch has a really great dial, creamy white, with silver hour markings. It only has two numbers, 6 and 12, but i really like that feature. I think its more pleasent to look at with only two bigger numbers. The silver coloured hands are in great shape and in good condition. And with the brown leather, this is a perfect match.
Next week: Belca-sport
Information about the model: This watch has a sad story behind it. This was produced in 1953 for the Swedish market, maybe this watch was worn by a soldier after the war, or given as a gift. We will never know the history. Because I found this Zenith in a box with 25 other watches, banging in to each other, all were broken and had scratches. So I bought this one and two others, and fixed them up a bit. I think it’s so sad to see, because this was once a beautiful luxury watch. And to see it in a box forgotten makes me want to save them. Mine is the one to the left! and i found another picture online to compare in a better state than mine! So here is some information about this watch.
ZENITH movement cal. 126-6, made in 109 000 pieces 1950-1955. A common sub-second 18 000 bph movement often found in 1950's Zenith watches. The base caliber 126 came in a handful of varieties, where the 126-6 is equipped with the incabloc shock proofing system.
This watch is profiled as a durable model with the caseback marked "stötsäker" (Swedish for shock proof), "waterproof" and "antimagnetic". It's a 33 mm screw back case with an inner metal shield, which was common for the more robust wristwatches of the 50's.