I had owned a Zodiac Aerospace GMT for a few months in 2015 and wore it once before selling it. It was minty, it was funky, and after it left, I had this weird sense of guilt. Like I’d sold something before I really got a chance to appreciate the GMT on my wrist in another country. So when this beautiful one popped up on eBay with a buy-it-now one night, I figured I’d low-ball and see if I could land another. Turns out, I could! I wore this one a little more and it taught me that even though I admire the watches aesthetics, they’re just not right for me. I ended up selling this one as well. But now I know, and that’s the most important part of the story.
The Nitty Gritty
This Zodiac is a great example of the Aerospace GMT’s that Zodiac released in the mid- to late-60’s. Surprisingly, the patina on these typically fades out to an off-green color and it’s rare to find the hands completely preserved like these have been. The watch also features a Bakelite bezel that can be found in the black/blue combination (shown here) or a Pepsi (red/blue) configuration. Zodiac also included a very unique feature in the design of the Aerospace GMT – the date is quick set, but not in the conventional way. Instead, the date is changed by pushing the crown in towards the case, a feature that I haven’t seen personally on any other watches from the same era. The best part? These are still incredibly affordable considering the punch that they pack.