Zodiac 17J Olympos Automatic (self-winding) quickset with date wrist watch, nickel split plate movement with bold red ruby jewels, champagne-toned metal dial with a vertical brushed finish, raised gold markers with black enamel accents, luminous 5 minute markers and a date aperture at 3 o'clock is marked "Olympos Automatic", aperture has a raised gold border and displays black Arabic numbers on a white background, dial has a few specks of discoloration around the edge along with a light scuff at 10:30, skeletonized gold steel baton-style hands with black enamel & luminous inserts and a gold sweep second hand.
Heavy yellow base metal (YBM) & stainless steel (SS) round water-resistant asymmetrical cushion-shaped case with a distinctive frame shape that has led to this watch being nicknamed the "Batman Watch", narrow sloped bezel supports a heavy domed acrylic crystal, upper tapered extended lugs, lower heavy extended lugs as an extension of the frame, dogeared section on the upper frame supports the unusual placement of the crown at 2 o'clock, the quickset feature of this watch allows the crown to be depressed towards the watch with each "click" advancing the date display by 1, case is showing normal light wear overall with a few small spots of brass starting to show on the ends of the lugs along with a few short but notable scratches along the back cover from improper attempts to open the case, measures approx. 33mm wide x 39mm lug to lug x 10mm thick (crystal included), brown saddle leather strap band. An attractive and desirable vintage Zodiac wrist watch from the 1960s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1960s
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: Olympos Automatic
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: date display, quickset
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Dial Details: luminous markers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Yellow, Stainless Steel
- Case Details: water resistant (WR), nicknamed the "Batman Watch"
Case Width, without crown:
33mm (1.30 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: acrylic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of September 28th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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