Zodiac Military 24hr Watch, Movement Restoration… Junk or Gem?

Restoring a Vintage Zodiac Military Watch

Every once in a while I’m happy to get something unusual, rare, and extremely valuable in for repair or restoration.

This is one of those wonderful watches that not so many of us get to see in person.  While many where made, very few survived, and sadly, there are not many perfect examples of these watches available for collectors, as they gain in value.

If you have one of these beauties, share your story, and let me know what you think of them.  I’m always interested in hearing how they come into our lives.

Watch the Mechanical Restoration

You’ll notice that I didn’t do a full and complete cosmetic restoration of this watch, as the customer wishes to keep it as original as possible.  Thus I had to limit the cosmetic work to a simple hand polish of the case, and removing the large scratches from the plastic crystal.  

Enjoy the video…

The Zodiac Military watch has a very unique dial, hardly seen in most military watches.  Notie the 24 hour dial, and that the watch has a true 24 hour movement, with out the 12 hour reduction.

This is one of the things that make this watch stand out to so many people.  Another reason is that few people today, understand the simplicity as well as the function of these watches.

Tools Used to perform this repair!

If you want to fix one of these or any other mechanical watch, here is a list of the tools and materials I used for this movement restoration….

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Ultrasonic Cleaner… https://amzn.to/2AZHaSK

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Movement Pad… https://amzn.to/2VqUE32

Rodico (sticky stuff to pick up debris)… https://amzn.to/2AZHGAa

Glass Bowls, for rinsing cleaned parts… https://amzn.to/2otanCO

IPA Rinse for drying cleaned parts… https://amzn.to/33gGq7K


Thanks for taking the time to read this and watch the video…  Let me know what you think…

Take care guys;


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