ZRC Grands Fonds série 2
Stainless steel case 1960’s french diver, approximately 35mm wide, 42mm long, with screwed crown at 6 o’clock, these peculiar watches were “made in Annecy by divers for divers” as they liked to claim. They were then adopted by the Marine Nationale and some commando groups. The unique strap has an expandable system beautifully covered by the steel, which permitted to wear the watch over a diving suit without adjusting it. The bracelet has also a peculiar “brevet” for the crown: if this one is opened or not well closed, you couldn’t wear the watch properly and you would notice it before the diving session.
The watch is in excellent conditions for its age, with light wear marks consistent with time and use. The beautiful and unique rotating bezel has a tiny imperfection at 3 o’clock, almost not relevant to the eyesight, and another next to the luminous dot at 4. Case shape and dial are simply phenomenal. The simplicity and geometry of the design turns the watch into a masterpiece. The big minute and hour hands and the lollypop second hand all bear a cream patina consistent with the 5 minute dots and the bezel tritium cilinders – still shining shortly when illuminated. The ZRC triangle logo gives a great balance to the design and it is well preserved, the 3 lines under the center are still perfect.
self-winding ETA 2472
Price upon request