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This Zodiac Calame uses an automatic modular movement by Dubois-Depraz (Caliber 2025 鈥 base ETA ebauche). So it's essentially a non-chronograph movement with the chronograph feature strapped on its back (for lack of a better analogy).


 

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My first good watch bought in 1974 brand new and on sale for 100.00.
Still runs fine despite the years of abuse.(every day beater for 20 years!!)






2000 re-issue of a 70's classic-The Astrographic.
Eta 2824 I believe.






Modern day quartz beater.
This watch can take a punch!


 

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So guys,

Those are some great looking watches... :thumbup1:

Aside from what seems to be mostly quartz, is there anything you wish you could change on them? In other words, if you had to pick something, what would you say you don't like about your Zodiac? I'm not looking for bash posts, but I don't know much about them & they look pretty dang good, so I'd like to know what cons (if any) you feel there are to them.. Thanks!
 

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Scott. I think obviously they need more autos, the build quality on my Oceanaire at least is very good, so I would not change that. I think their biggest downfall is in the Dragon, and Wolf series, they use alot of crazy color combinations that alot of people don't like. I can't see the brand sustaining for much longer, even under Fossil's control. The Oceanaire was really hot for awhile on some other forums a couple of years ago. Now it's very hard to find one. I guess they just quit making them. The watch company has an awesome history, and some of their pre-bankruptcy designs are spectacular......."Foggys mystery dial". I just think right now, they are fading away.
 

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So guys,

Those are some great looking watches... :thumbup1:

Aside from what seems to be mostly quartz, is there anything you wish you could change on them? In other words, if you had to pick something, what would you say you don't like about your Zodiac? I'm not looking for bash posts, but I don't know much about them & they look pretty dang good, so I'd like to know what cons (if any) you feel there are to them.. Thanks!
I would like to see some more autos from them, too. Their "new" Oceanaire, however, is a disgrace. Looks nothing like a dive watch (it actually looks like a trendy Fossil). And they do a terrible job of promoting the brand or coming up with fresh designs. If you go to their Web site they still have a copyright date of 2006, which says to me that they don't pay much attention to their presence on the Internet. I do have to say, however, that their quartzes are top notch. Impeccable fit and finish. When I had the battery changed on my Sea Dragon recently, I got a peek at the movement inside, which looked really solid and all metal parts. Also, the original battery was a Renata battery, a Swiss company owned by Swatch, which my battery guy (who owns an Interstate Battery franchise) said is a top notch battery maker/supplier. To me that said a lot about the quality the company puts into its watches. Now if they'd only refresh their line up!
 

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The reason I asked about the movement is that all the Oceanaires and several of the other models were all listed as having quartz movements. But all you guy's watches are autos, so do you guys have older models, or does Zodiac make small numbers of autos in those designs, or the website is old?

I like the look and the price point. But I'm missing information. Where does one go to get a auto Oceanaire?
 

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Thats a good question BULL. Mine was purchased in 2006. All the auto Oceanaires are numbered........ Mine is 841. I have no idea how many were made, maybe some of the other guys can give their numbers. I have not seen this new Oceanaire that orange refers to.

PM sent as far as vendors go.
 
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