Men's Vintage Watches

1960s Zodiac Rose Gold Automatic 33mm Unisex/Men's Vintage Watch - South African Teju Lizard Skin Band


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  • Details
    This 1960s rose gold plated Zodiac automatic (self winding) watch brings Mid Century class to any outfit. No battery. No winding. Just put it on and it'll start working. It's fitted with a hand-crafted teju lizard skin band. The teju lizard is native to the southern regions of South Africa, and is prized for its skin because of the characteristically even, almost rectangular scale patterns.

    It features a "high beat" high-frequency movement. It operates at 21,600 ticks per hour. Normal watches during this time were only 18,000. This was a high-tech feature at the time, and commanded a price premium.

    The dial is a semi-lustre radial polished eggplant/plum color, marked with JB. It has open lance-shaped gilt hour and minute hands with a Rolex-style sweeping stick second hand. It features gilt, raised "stick" non-numeric hour markers and a square calendar/date aperture at 3 o'clock with a gold bezel.

    It's a perfect men's or unisex size of 33mm (1.3") wide (35mm including the crown). It's 39mm (1.55") tall. It's about the size of a 1980s classic men's Swatch, and a tiny bit smaller than a classic 1960s Rolex Datejust 36mm.

    It has the super cool original Zodiac logo on the winding crown, too. (Did you know that the Zodiac Killer signed all his letters using the Zodiac watch logo? Creepy and true!)

    The "rose" gold color is halfway between a darker yellow/orange gold and pink, which is characteristic of the time period. It's more of a rose tint. It is not the super light pink rose gold they make today. The color code ROSS is stamped on the back. After a year of searching I even found an original equipment, used Zodiac/JB matching rose gold bracelet for this exact watch. It was 900 USD! INSANE. So, enjoy the $150 South African lizard band it comes with, and use that extra $900 to buy a MINI PONY. (You can find them online for $900! I checked!)

    The best part of this watch is that we fully restored the automatic movement, so you get a dependable, functional timepiece. Every single tiny piece was disassembled, cleaned, inspected, adjusted, reassembled, and calibrated. This includes long-term stress testing on my timing accuracy scope. Sounds expensive and complicated? It is. A full servicing and mechanical restoration like this generally costs $200. (That's $200 that you won't have to pay.)

    The new old stock 18mm black South African teju lizard skin bracelet with gold-tone buckle will fit wrists up to a MAX 20.3 cm (8") around. Measure around your wrist with a measuring tape! Contact me if you need a bigger band.


    Of course! You get a six month warranty on the mechanical movement (the stuff inside the watch.) Issues? Contact me. I'll email a prepaid shipping label, you drop it in the mail, and I'll take care of the rest.

    • Zodiac waterproof, antimagnetic 33mm automatic watch - Swiss made, 1960s
    • 10k rose gold plated (ROSS color code) round case
    • Metallic plum dial with stick markers and open lance-shaped hands
    • Rolex style sweeping gold stick second hand
    • Original winding crown with cool Zodiac logo
    • Automatic self-winding mechanical movement, made in Switzerland
    • Width: 33mm (1.3") wide (35mm including the original signed Zodiac logo winding crown)
    • Height: 39mm (1.55") tall
    • Weight: the case weighs 30.0g (not including the bracelet)
    • Black 18mm handmade South African teju lizard band fit wrists to MAX 20.3 cm (8") around
    • Shipping upgrades available!
    • Gift wrapping available!
    • Six month warranty for the FULLY RESTORED mechanical workings

    CASEBACK MARKINGS: Zodiac / Waterproof / Antimagnetic / ROSS
    NOTE: Caseback has been engraved with the initials J.R.G.

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    Can I get a different colored watchband?

    I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.

    Does my watch need a battery?

    It depends on the watch.

    1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.

    2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.

    3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.

    I changed my mind! Can I cancel my order and get a full refund?

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    Will the vintage watchband fit me?

    Use a measuring tape to measure around your wrist.

    All my detailed descriptions include the max wrist size of the bracelet. Bracelets are standardized. They're not an integral part of the watch itself. It's easy to change the band.

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    The bracelet (aka band or strap) is usually NOT an integral part of the "watch" itself. It's normal (and somewhat expected) that you'll have a jeweler adjust the band to fit you, or replace the band with one that you can try on in person. Watchbands are standardized and available from any jeweler, watch shop, and online.