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Hand and Dial: Baton Indices and Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 46mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Strap: Brand-New Aviation Bund NATO Strap + Calf Leather Padding
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
The Zippo lighter is an iconic American product known for its reliability, design, and collectible status.
The Zippo lighter was invented by George G. Blaisdell, who founded the Zippo Manufacturing Company in Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1932. Blaisdell was inspired by an Austrian windproof lighter and aimed to create a similar device with a sleeker and more user-friendly design.
The first Zippo lighter, known as the Zippo Windproof Lighter, was introduced in 1933. It featured a hinged lid and a unique chimney design that protected the flame from wind thereby making it windproof.
In 1936, the company adopted the name "Zippo" after Blaisdell saw the word "zipper" and thought it sounded modern and catchy. He also introduced the famous Zippo slogan, "It works or we fix it free," that highlighted its lifetime guarantee.
Zippo lighters became popular among American soldiers during WW2 due to their reliability and ability to withstand harsh conditions. Zippo produced custom lighters for various military units and became a symbol of the American GI.
The Zippo lighter gained popularity among civilians post WW2 and became a symbol of American culture. It was often associated with Hollywood films and iconic personalities.
Zippo encouraged customization, allowing owners to personalize their lighters with engravings, designs, and logos. Collectors began to appreciate the variety of designs and limited editions, making Zippo lighters highly collectible.
While best known for its lighters, Zippo has expanded into other product categories, including outdoor gear, hand warmers, fragrance, and yes, watches. The Company continues to produce lighters in Bradford, Pennsylvania, with millions of units manufactured annually. Zippo lighters remain popular collectibles, cherished by enthusiasts around the world.
Here we have a Zippo ZPW003 Diver's Quartz Watch that comes with an Aviation Bund NATO strap with calf leather padding.
This timepiece was given a good servicing, and its dial was meticulously cleaned. It should be able to operate unhindered for the next couple of years thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
Its typical ala Seiko SKX07 design case was also given a good rub while maintaining its sharp lines and sexy curves. Most imperfections were removed without compromising the case shape. The crystal is original and was given a good rub as well. The bezel works as it should. There are scratches at the 30min bezel insert.
The crown is located at the traditional 3H positions and nicely tucked away between the crown guards to prevent damage or snags, yet easily accessible.
The case width and height are approximately 39mm (without crown) and 46mm respectively. The lug width is 20mm and the strap can accommodate wrists up to 21cm; hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
The watch is 100% original Zippo components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts.
Even though the seals and gaskets are present, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested.
The pictures provided show the watch’s case in pristine condition (no dents and major scratches), and the movement within squeaky clean and well maintained. It has also been demagnetised to improve parts reliability, minimise wear & tear, and improve accuracy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. A nice purposeful carrying case or box will be provided.
Bear in mind that this collectible has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and well taken care of for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind timepiece will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone!
This particular Collectible timepiece is rather scarce and not easily found; hence, this is a highly sort-after Collectible Zippo Quartz Diver's Watch in excellent condition; so, be unique and own something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the vintage collectible die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector as well!