1960s Zodiac Moonphase Automatic Ref 743-908
About This Watch:The triple calendar moon phase Zodiac Ref 743-908 is a classic example of the elegant and quality timepieces produced by Zodiac in the 1960s. With a moon phase function, as well as day, date, and month functions, the Calibre Z74 movement utilized in the Ref 743-908 is considered to be one of the most advanced of its time.
The History: The Zodiac Watch Company was founded in 1882 in Le Locle, Switzerland by Ariste Calame. Ariste came from a long line of master watchmakers and set out to open his own workshop and focus on creating unique and dynamic timepieces built with the highest quality. They began production in 1908, and in 1930 launched the first automatic sports watch with the Zodiac Autographic. In 1953, Zodiac produced the innovative Sea Wolf, and later the Super Sea Wolf Dive watches, with the Super Sea Wolf being utilized by the U.S. Navy Seals in the 1970s.
The Watch: The Zodiac Ref 743-908 Triple Date Moonphase features a gold-plated 34mm case with a stainless steel case back and an acrylic crystal. Powered by an automatic Calibre Z74 movement, the 743-908 has moon phase, day, date, and month functions. The case has four correctors on the sides for adjustment of the day/date/month and moon phase indicators. The dial has a silver sunburst pattern with gold indices for the hour markers, gold hour, minute, and second hands, and tritium lume plots at the hour markers.
The Details: This Zodiac Reg 743-908 Triple Date Moonphase is in good condition, with visible wear on the case and lugs, which is consistent with the age of this timepiece. The original gold plating has worn off most of the lugs and case, and the crystal shows some light surface wear. The tritium lume plots are present but have decayed and developed patina.