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ZentRa Watches: A Picture Thread and Some Notes

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Many thanks to Slim2500  for introducing me to this interesting and collectible watch brand in his thread of late yesterday entitled, "2 good finds today and a little unsure !!!!!!", posted in the Watch Discussion section of the Forum.

I have now posted a brief potted history of the ZentRa brand on Slim2500's thread, and I now shall use the rest of this thread to some more examples of Zentra watches, and more directly, bring members' attention to this interesting and collectible brand. There needs to be one correction made here to the history I gave about ZentRa. It would appear that, contrary to former indications, the Swiss-made ZentRa-branded watches from Hamilton were related to the German Zentra company in the sense that they were produced for the ZentRa watch and jewellery outlets owned by the Zentra company. I haven't yet researched ZentRa in full, and it is becoming clear that a fully researches article is needed at some stage in the future. Indeed, the amazing number of photographs available showing not just plain but also more interesting watches leads me to believe that the ZentRa brand in its full history has been greatly underestimated by the Forum in the past as a really collectible brand.


A World War Two Kriegsmarine military watch by ZentRa with a 15J handwind movement, stainless steel case and 6-screw stainless steel back (pic from ulricofengland.com):

Kriegsmarine Watch By Zentra.



ZentRa hand-wind cushion-shaped wristwatch from about 1970 with a German calibre PUW 17-jewel movement (pic from 17jewels.info):





A rather nice gold-plated hand-wind ZentRa wristwatch from the early 1960s (pic from i.ytimg.com):




No hard information on these two mid-1970s ZentRa hand-wind 17J chronograph watches but I just had to show them (pics from i2wp.com - 70s watch gallery, in Spanish):





A fine gold ZentRa pocket watch, probably dating to the 1930s and especially rare because it contains an IWC caliber (pic from iwc.com/forum):




A Swiss-made automatic Hamilton watch produced for the German watch concern, ZentRa, in the mid-late 1960s - see text above (pic from Vintage Watch Forums):




A gold plated ZentRa 17J hand-wind wristwatch from about 1961 with Bifora-Bishock shock protection (pic from ranfft.de):




A rare stainless steel 25J ZentRa Safari wristwatch from the mid-1970s featuring a PUW 1561 caliber and thick mineral glass crystal (pic from sometimeago.com):




A straightforward handwind ZentRa wristwatch from the mid 1970s (pic from assets.catawiki.nl):




A rare ZentRa LED digital quartz watch from the early 1980s (pic from pinimg.com/originals):




A stainless steel ZentRa automatic powered by a PUW 1661S automatic movement - apparently the last mechanical caliber to come from PUW (pic from up.picr.de):




A  slightly blurred pic of a modern ZentRa quartz military style chronograph from 2004 with a CH OS2 Japanese chronograph movement and 40mm stainless steel case (pic from allbestwatches.com):




A vintage 1970s automatic ZentRa wristwatch in real period style (pic from  ingrum.com):

Does it get more "Seventies" than this??? #watchforsale#forsale#vintage#seventies #style#beauty#luxury#watch#wristwatch#zentra#oldwatch#watchesofinstagram #wristi#goldandgreen#gold#horloge#uhr#watchporn #wristporn#reloje
Fascinating and important registry entry for ZentRa Tavannes: What I thought was just another ZentRa model turns out to be a separate branch company, formed in 1930 and actually listed as ZentRa Tavannes. Beneath the company listing, I show a couple of extant ZentRa Tavannes watches. ZentRa Tavannes does not appear to have survived World War Two, and it would appear to have emerged as a Zentra acquisition or merger with the existing Tavannes watch concern. In the various pictures of ZentRa Tavannes watches I have seen, there are no country of origin marks on either dial or movement, but Tavannes is in Switzerland and ZentRa Tavannes was a Swiss-based company.
( Above pic from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com)
Rectangular hand-wind ZentRa Tavannes wristwatch (pic from uhren.de):
Beautiful gents (silver?) Art Deco ZentRa Tavannes pocket watch from the early 1930s showing front and back (pics from postimg.org):
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Very interesting post and some great examples of their watches. :thumbsup:

 I have one of their Kreigsmarine, German Navy, issue watches..

Zentra km watch cal 338

.. with it's designated 338 movement. :)

Zentra km watch cal 338 movement.


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New to me, and perhaps a number of others. Some interesting designs, so thanks Honour.


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On 11/30/2017 at 12:51, Always"watching" said:


A fine gold ZentRa pocket watch, probably dating to the 1930s and especially rare because it contains an IWC caliber (pic from iwc.com/forum):


I found this particularly interesting _ I seem to have an almost identical watch on the front but the movement is labeled ZentRa Tavannes 121 



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