Well with that Post title it has to mean something – right? I’m talking about a watch brand I’ve always had a soft spot for and that’s the German made Zeppelin. Of course the “airship” Zeppelin actually used gasses such as Hydrogen or Helium, not Air at all – but what’s a little poetic license for my Post!
This is the Zeppelin 100yrs series model 7690M-1 with a smart 22mm wide mesh buckle bracelet which sets this chronograph off rather well, instead of the more usual leather. Powered by the Swiss Ronda 5020B Startech Quartz movement, this is an excellent and reliable engine used by quite a few mid range quality models.
I suppose I like this particular model as it is so”classic” in appearance that it just has to be good. A good size at 42mm x 11mm means it’s not a silly oversize, but eminently sensible with it’s solid satin hand finished stainless steel case, twin sub dials plus a large double window Date aperture @6. The dial is white with black clearly defined hour, minute and center seconds hands. I particularity like the extended overlap second hand which is such an aid to good reading when in chronograph mode.
The sub dials are running seconds on the right @3 and elapsed hours/minutes (up to 12 hours) chronograph readings on the left @9 with a unique 2 hand indication. Plus there is also a Pulsometer and Telemeter with appropriate graduations on the chapter ring. A solid screw in stainless back and hardened mineral crystal on the front and with 5 ATM or 50m Water resistance completes this rather stylish model.
It is also not expensive at around 260 Euros which is great value – however one downside for me is the fact that it’s not luminous – had it been that’s the one feature that would make me get one- tomorrow!
Mind you I’m still tempted!