July 16, 2011

Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase Review

Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase Watch Review
  The Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase (ref. 03.2140.691/02.C498), what’s a moonphase real intended purpose besides looking great? Sailers used the stars to navigate, hence “Captain”. The Captain Grande Date Moonphase reflects stages of the moon. These stages are the new moon, full moon, first quarter, and last quarter. Today’s real world use, not so much, still a very cool factor complication. The watch itself is obviously classic in design, though, a bit modern without the use of gold or yellow for the moon or stars. 
  The dial is very well done with multiple guilloche patterns, from the center of the dial, to the ray pattern in the two subdials. The moonphase subdial is located at 6 o’clock, with the small seconds located at 9 o’clock. A grand date display is located in a non-traditional location at 1:30 position. Great choice on this location, the dial would have looked awkward if the grand date was located at 3 o’clock or 12 o’clock. The hands and applied indices compliment each other harmoniously. Zenith’s gorgeous automatic Elite 691 is visible through the sapphire case back, fitted with 27 jewels, and a 50 hour power reserve. A brown alligator strap lined with rubber protection rounds out this 11mm thick watch. The fit/finish is impeccable, with gleaming high polish throughout the watch case. 
  The Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase is very reasonably priced for a luxury watch considering the complications and movement. Current retail for the Captain Grande Date Moonphase is $5,800 USD at the time of this review. 

Pros - Moonphase, classic, fit/finish

Consideration - Traditionalist might miss the gold/yellow moon or stars

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Silver
Bezel: Fixed
Strap: Brown Alligator
Movement: Elite 691
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Water Resistant: 30M
Lug Width: 18mm

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