Zodiac Chronograph 280GX Libyan Air Force

military watch - arabic dial - valjoux 7750

Description
This Zodiac 280GX is a rare Libyan Air Force military chronograph from the 1970s powered by the Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.

The design of this watch originally comes from Porsche Design. Ferdinand Porsche was personally involved in designing this dial layout. During the quartz crisis, the design patents were sold to a few other companies such as Heuer, Le Jour, Sinn or Zodiac.

The Valjoux 7750 automatic movement presented around 1973 is known for its accuracy, robustness and durability. Because of these features it was used for military chronographs. One of them is this Libyan Air Force Zodiac Chronograph from the 1970s.

The sub-dial with the running seconds shows the emblem of the Libyan Air Force with Arabic lettering. Written in black: "Libyan Arab Air Force" and in white: "Academy of the Air Force". The weekday display is also in Arabic.

The black PVD case looks very distinctive on the wrist and the black dial offers a nice contrast thanks to the white markings on the sub-dials and the tachymeter scale. The seconds chrono hand is red.

Condition report
Dial: great condition with beautiful authentic patina, original tritium lume with golden patina, signed with "SWISS MADE".

Case: great condition, intact PVD coating, sharp lugs.

Movement: automatic caliber Valjoux 7750 in perfect condition.

Summing-Up
Attractive sporty design, great overall condition and historical significance make this military chronograph an unusual and reliable vintage companion.

Int.Exe.: 32920
Features

Manufacturer: Zodiac

Model: Chronograph

Reference: 280GX

Functions: date - chronograph - day of the week - hacking second - small running second - hour and minute - tachymeter - quickset date - 12 hour totalizer - 30 minutes counter - screwed-on caseback

Material: Steel/PVD

Dial: black

Watch glass: mineral glass

Bracelet: textile

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 40mm

Caliber name: Valjoux 7750

Movement type: automatic

Year of Manufacture: 1974

Overall condition: 9 - has rarely been worn - top condition

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