|This is a brand new 15 year old RXW Homage of the California Dial Rolex Zerograph from the late 1930s|
It is complete with both boxes, still has the stickers on the front and the back of the case and has never been on a wrist.
Ken Trading of Ginza Tokyo Japan created a series of homage watches to collectable Rolex watches towards the end of the last century and at the start of this one, in the early 2000s he made a homage to the Panerai but used the patented crown locking device, so Richemont (the owners of Panerai their patents and trademarks) went after him in the Japanese courts, he lost the case and was no longer able to make watches using the crown locking device. Shortly after, the company ceased making any watches. The Zeromaster is by far the most rare and desirable of all the watches, as only 100 were made and they were never available other than through his shop in the Ginza, Tokyo.
The watch has the ultra high gloss so called ‘mirror’ dial with heavy Luminova indices in the mixed Roman/Arabic style which was invented by Rolex, but which has become known as the ‘California’ dial, the blued steel hands also have heavy application of Luminova, with gilt and red print. Even the independently adjustable 24 hour hand is an homage to the “small arrow” hand seen on gloss dial GMT Masters from the 1950s. There is a discreet date window at 6
The movement is the famed ETA 2893 which has both quick set date change and independently adjustable 24hour hand; it has 21 jewels and beats at 21,800. The movement is protected by a soft iron movement cover, external ring and dial plate making it resistant to 80,000am or 1,000 Gauss.
The case is made from highly amagnetic 316L stainless steel and has a bi directional rotating bezel whose design is heavily influenced by the bezel on the famed 1937 Zerograph, one of the rarest of all vintage Rolex watches. This bezel is marked for the 24 hour timezones and is to be used in conjunction with the 24 hour hand. It is waterproof to 100m or 330 ft. It has a domed acrylic crystal and perfect bevels on all four lugs.
Dial is 95+%, as are both case & movement
Diameter 39.5mm; Lug to Lug 46.5mm; Height 14mm., it takes a 20mm strap and the original fliplock Oyster style bracelet is fitted.
£2,500.00 (approx $3,600.00 US)