Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zeppelin 7360-1 Features Series Flatline - Axis Watch Which Is Truly Value-For-Money

Back in 2011, after serving for 5 years with my company, I was rewarded with a service award in the form of a wrist watch. What I got is the Zeppelin 7360-1 Series Flatline watch. A made in Germany watch with a Japanese automatic movement and Italian leather strap.

The watch is an 'open-heart' design with the opening scene at the 7 o'clock position. You are able to the the balance wheel via this opening. On its right is a similar sized sub-dial that houses the second-hand.

The dial is white with anthracite digits / markers and 12 green luminous dots. However, the hands are not lumed.

The case is made out of stainless steel, designed for an extra slim look. Its dimensions of the watch casing are 40 mm wide (excluding the crown) and with a height of just 12 mm. Water resistant rating is approximately 5 atmosphere.

The dial is covered with a domed mineral crystal which gives it a vintage watch look. Coupled with the font used for the digits, it is easily be mistaken for a pre-WW2 model. Lug width is a standard 20 mm.

The watch comes with an exhibition case-back. Note that the back is also designed to be domed-like and has that strong reference to the round shape of Zeppelin airships. The rotor is also unique in that it is cut in the middle.

The movement for this watch is the Cal. 82S5, mechanical, self-winding movement by Citizen under the Miyota brand. It has winding and second-hand hacking capabilities.This movement operates in the 21,600 vibrations per hour range and comes with 21 jewels. The main power springs can save 40 hours worth of potential energy.

The accuracy has been rated at just -20 +40 seconds per day. For my particular piece, it has been operating well within the manufacturer's benchmark.

For more information about the Cal. 82S5, visit this link:

The side profile shows the sphere-like design of the watch. It also shows the domed glass for the dial.

The crown is a push-in crown and it has only two positions. The push-in position or rest position allows one to manually wind the watch whereas the pull-out position or position two allows one to adjust the time.

The leather strap that is provided is Italian. The design is simple.

The watch on my wrist. The size is just nice for my 7.5 inch wrist. Unfortunately, the lack of anti-reflective treatment on the mineral glass makes it act like a mirror sometimes.

The shape of the watch makes this a very wearable piece for formal events. It easily slips under cuffs and it has a sophisticated look to it. 

The simple buckle without any reference to the brand at all.

I called this my Axis watch due to the presence of Germanic, Japanese and Italian influences. For the price that my company paid for this watch, it was worth it. A true value-for-money watch. I would recommend friends to have at least one piece from this brand.

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