Saturday, October 12, 2013

VERY RARE HARD TO FIND MONDIA TOP SECOND FLASHING EYE GENTS WRISTWATCH

VERY RARE HARD TO FIND MONDIA TOP SECOND FLASHING EYE GENTS WRISTWATCH









TOP SECOND FLASHING EYE was one of the brilliant innovation by Mondia. These watches are rarely seen and hard to find. These Top Second have a flashing eye on the dial which alternates between black and orange to show that the watch is working and ticking.
The movement of this watch is a modified automatic 25 Jewels A. Schild  cal. 1913.  We can see the trick of flashing eye when the caseback and dial removed, there is a plate painted red, rotated by the rotor.
The flashing eye effect is created by a bow-tie shaped rotor which makes a full revolution once every two seconds. When an arm of the rotor arm passes under the hole in the dial the dot changes to red, and for the rest of the time the eye is black, the background color is actually the painted section of the date driving wheel.

BRAND/JENAMA: MONDIA
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CIRCA/TAHUN: 1960's
MODEL: TOP SECOND FLASHING EYE
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACRYLIC
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: 25 JEWELS A.SCHILD CAL. 1913 AUTOMATIC  WINDING MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE/KEEMASAN
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: HOUR, MINUTE, SWIPE SECOND, DATE AT 12:00 and FLASHING EYE AT 6:00
HANDS/JARUM: GOLD TONE
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: GOLD RAISED GOLD BATON TONE MARKERS
CASING : GOLD PLATED and STAINLESS STEEL BACK
LUGS: 20mm
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 39mm DIAMETER INCLUDING CROWN and 41mm LUG TO LUG
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: S AUTOMATIC-WATERPROOF- INCABLOC - ANTIMAGNETIC - STAINLESS STEEL BACK - SWISS MADE
CROWN: GOLD PLATED
STRAP/TALI: GENUINE BROWN LEATHER STRAP
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8.5"
WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME, DISCONTINUED MODEL
PRICE/HARGA: USD250/RM800

BRIEF HISTORY OF MONDIA-ZENITH-MOVADO WATCHES
1875 • George Favre-Jacot succeeded in his goal: to produce reasonably priced, precise fob watches.His company employed one-third of the working population of Locle.



1896 • Manufacturer won Gold Medal at the Swiss National Exhibition.
1903 • First prize in the Neuch√Ętel Observatory competition for chronometers.
1911 • George Favre-Jacot retired and left the flourishing business to his descendants, under the name ZENITH.
1917 • Death of George Favre-Jacot.
1920 • First wristwatch models.
1954 • ZENITH won the Neuch√Ętel Observatory prize for wristwatch chronometers.
1960 • ZENITH took over MARTEL WATCH Co.
The UNIVERSELS caliber 749 and 285 became the ZENITH 146 family.
1969 • Birth of the EL PRIMERO movement, the first chronograph in the world equipped with a winding crown with central rotor.
ZENITH became a member of the MONDIA-ZENITH-MOVADO holding company.
1970 • The CRONOMETRO TIPO CP2 aviation chronographs with anti-magnetic case and 60-minute rotating lunette, manufactured for A. Cairelli in Rome.
1971 • The American ZENITH RADIO CORPORATION took a majority stake in the MONDIA-ZENITH-MOVADO group.

1978 • The group returned to the hands of Swiss investors, with DIXI, the financial and mechanical constructions group, as major shareholder.
1984 • MOVADO taken over by NORTH AMERICAN WATCH Co, and the name ZENITH appeared alone on the watch dials.
2000 • ZENITH taken over by L.V.M.H group.

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