The Zeppelin 7060-4, part of the LZ 129 Hindenburg Ed. 1 series, is an unusual watch, with classical looks and enough quirkiness to set it apart from most others. In addition, it has an interesting price, by virtue of the Japanese-made self-winding Miyota movement.
Where you would normally see the numeral 12, there is instead the hand for the power reserve indicator. This is balanced by the 24-hour GMT subdial showing the time in a second time zone. The median line from 9 to 3 is taken up by the brand name, the reference number, and the date window. It’s all simple and clear, within a simple framework of colours, beige dial and 40mm steel case, 12 mm thick. Water resistance is the standard 3 atm, 30 metres, resistant to splashes and raindrops but nothing more.
The Miyota Calibre 9132 has 26 jewels, a balance that runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz), and a precision of -10/+30 seconds maximum deviation per day. Power reserve is 40 hours.
The Zeppelin 7060-4 costs €479. It’s a watch that confirms Germany’s remarkable watchmaking structure both at the top end of the range with names like A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original, and entry-level brands such as Steinhart, Tourby, Archimede and others. More information and retailer addresses on the Zeppelin website.