Eza 1972

This Affordable New Dive Watch Nails the Vintage Aesthetic

January 4, 2020 Watches By
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Remember Eza? Perhaps not. Though fairly obscure, the name might ring a bell for vintage watch hunters. Eza was founded in Pforzheim, Germany, in the 1920s as a producer of watch cases and later made their own full watches, but they disappeared in the Quartz Crisis. Revived in 2016 by two Dutch entrepreneurs, the modern brand seems like a combination of successful and popular themes in the watch industry, with an old name, vintage reissues, smaller sizes, and affordable prices.

While the company’s previous models represented modern tool watch designs, Eza’s new “1972” watch is a reissue of a historical diver that very much embodies the aesthetic of the decade it hails from. It’s available in two variants: The first is a limited edition in a historically accurate 35.8mm case with a raised plexiglass crystal and the same 30m water-resistance as the original. The other (non-limited) is a more modern watch at 39.6mm wide with a sapphire crystal, ceramic bezel insert and a dive-ready water-resistance of 200m. Both are powered by ETA 2824 automatic movements and have solid case backs.

With options of black or blue dials, both 1972 models have the same price of $759, but are available for pre-order now for $100 less.

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Zen Love

Zen Love is Gear Patrol’s watch writer. He avoids the snooty side of the watch world, and seeks out food in NYC that resembles what he loved while living in Asia for over a decade.

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