Today we are venturing back in time. Before trips to the airport common, and the only things in the sky were birds. In 1900, the first Zeppelin was designed and ready for flight. The Zeppelin watches by POINTtec, represent this classic era, bringing a classic and simplistic design to the watch game.
Although POINTtec is a relatively new watchmaker (1987), they focus on making watches that represent the era of the great Zeppelins. The timepieces by POINTtec are valued at a good price, use great materials for design and create high-quality pieces. I definitely recommend owning at least one if you are into classic dress watches.
Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 Automatic
The Hindenburg can be considered the face of the Zeppelin brand. This is a beautiful, simplistic timepiece, that truly feels like you are being transported back to 1900 when you are wearing it.
Ironically, this watch is named after the passenger carrying Zeppelin, the Hindenburg. In 1937 the Hindenburg crashed and is forever remembered in history as the Hindenburg disaster. The reason behind the name of the watch is not because of the tragedy (at least I hope not), but after the beautiful design, retro style and elegance that the Zeppelin Hindenburg represented.
When you first glance at this watch, you are greeted with a large 40mm stainless steel case and a bright white dial. The large, retro-styled fonts jump out and give the watch its unique and classic look.
One thing I love about all Zeppelin watches, and the Hindenburg in particular, is how the case is designed. The frame of the case is double domed, giving the watch a thicker look, that is more bold and desirable. Rather than a flat case that is found on many watches. POINTtec uses a hesalite crystal to cover the dial. Hesalite is a great material for a crystal because scratches can be wiped away and are very hard to come by. They are also cheaper to be replaced than sapphire crystals and are of higher quality than acrylic crystals.
The dark black, high-grade calfskin band is another great addition to this timepiece. It helps to maintain a classic dressy look when on the wrist and offers great comfort to those who wear it. This is a truly great material that is not always found on watches. Usually, you get a “genuine leather” which is typically a cocktail of low-quality materials that do NOT last. The Zeppelins’ calfskin leather band looks great, feels great and compliments the watch well.
Zeppelin watches are great, durable watches that are sure to last. It is hard to describe the strong feel of the case without you actually feeling it in person. But the case surely is of great material and is meant to last. The watch can also take some minor exposure to water. Just DO NOT go swimming or take a shower in ANY Zeppelin watches. Now, I have no idea why you would want to, but in case you have a”wearing a watch in the pool fetish” I just want to let you know this is not the watch for you.
As I mentioned before, the hesalite crystal is an awesome durable crystal. Scratches are almost impossible to come by. If you do in fact get a scratch, it is easier to polish out than sapphire crystals, so your watch can stay looking brand new for years and years.
Lastly, do not forget the calfskin leather. You can feel the difference in the leather used on this watch and it shows through wear that it maintains a sleek and matte look. This material does not wear as easily as genuine leathers and should last a long time if worn with care.
I am actually impressed with the Hindenburg movement. And that is saying A LOT! You can say I am a movement geek, nerd, enthusiast or any other adjective to describe someone who is oddly obsessed with something. I wouldn’t be surprised if I showed up on an episode of “My Strange Addictions”; Man In Love With Watch Movements…..
Back on topic. The movement on the Hindenburg is not in any way OUTSTANDING. However, it is pretty precise, especially for the price you pay.
The Hindenburg Zeppelin uses a Japanese, Caliber 9132, mechanic, self-winding, movement. Sounds pretty fancy, huh?
When reading reviews and customer feedbacks on all different websites, it seems that there is a general consensus that the movement works great! An interesting feature of the movement is that has somewhat of a loud rotor, which in my opinion, seems to fit the classic style. Do not expect this watch to be as accurate as a top-tier Rolex movement. If you enjoy the movement for what it is, I am sure you will be happy!
Zeppelin Hindenburg Z-129 MOONPHASE
Another great watch from Zeppelin is the Hindenburg Moonphase.
This watch has a very similar classic and retro design as the original Zeppelin Hindenburg, with a few noteable differences.
The first difference that stands out on the dial is the crescent moon, “moon phase” logo on the bottom of the dial. This unique feature looks very interesting and actually gives you the ability to track the moon phases after just setting it up ONCE!
Another great feature is the date function. Not only do you have numerical numbers for days in a month, but you also have the day of the week, Sunday- Saturday.
Other than those main differences, everything else is pretty much the same. A great double domed, 40mm case. A large white dial with black hands and old-school numbers, a hesalite crystal and of course the black calfskin leather band.
For the purpose of not repeating myself, the durability of this watch is identical to the original Hindenburg Other than a few differences in design, the overall make and structure is the same. Meaning, yes, it is very durable.
The inside of this watch differs from the original Hindenburg, sadly. Instead of an automatic, mechanical self-winding movement, this model uses a quartz movement. I do not care for quartz movements, to be honest, I prefer a watch to be automatic.
The Hindenburg Moonphase watch uses a Ronda 706B, quartz movement. This is known to be a better movement when it comes to quartz, but in my opinion (if you care) a quartz is a quartz.
One thing that many people do like about this movement is the alignment of the hands. The second-hand ticks around the dial VERY accurately. Meaning, the hand is dead on with the second and minute markers. When you look at the time you can feel confident at what number the hand is on. Many watches have hands that tick in the middle of each marker, which is not a big deal, but if you are paying for a watch I would think you would want everything to be PERFECT!
Zeppelin Flatline Power Reserve
This watch is sure to make your heart skip a beat…. It may even leave you flatlined.
A 40mm stainless steel case, polished bezel, and a bold dark black anthracite dial are the features that bring this watch together. Overall, the design is quite simple but has a clean bold look to it that defines the meaning of a dress watch.
Small white numbers and tick marks roll around this beauty and add to the large look of the watch. This watch also features the black calfskin leather band, which pairs perfectly with this piece.
This watch is just as durable as the other two watches I reviewed. A mineral crystal that is easily replaceable and easy to polish off scratches. The leather calfskin strap is one of the highlights of the watches durability. The high-grade material lasts through many wears and does not fade and tear like cheaper genuine straps (I know, I already said that).
I’ll take an automatic over a quartz movement any day. Which is why I like the movement on the Flatline Power Reserve. The movement on this watch is a 26 jewel Citizen automatic movement. Based on customer reviews it is a reliable movement that does not encounter any problems. The power reserve is just another interesting feature that lets you know when your watch needs a winding.
Power reserves are great additions to mechanical watches (especially movements that are not TOP QUALITY), so you know when your watch needs to be wound up. A big problem people encounter with mechanical movements is forgetting to wind up their watches, so the time is never accurate. With this movement and design, you know that the watch needs a winding so you can never have to worry about loosing time (unless you are too lazy to wind your watch).
Why Buy Zeppelin Watches
Zeppelin does, in fact, make great watches at a VERY affordable price for those who love nice, minimalistic dress watches. All of the Zeppelin watches by POINTtec use great materials and unique designs on their builds. My favorite features are the quality calfskin bands, double-domed stainless steel cases, and the moon phase tracker on the Hindenburg MoonPhase watch.
When comparing Zeppelins’ to other dress watches, in my opinion, zeppelins’ prevail in most cases. The Zeppelin watch represents an age of classic design, innovation, and a whole different culture. Wearing this watches bring a style to your outfit that is different than many sports watches and modernized pieces that are mainstream nowadays.
If minimalistic design and durability are important features when purchasing a watch than Zeppelin watches are for you. The price point is fantastic, the watches last and the watches function properly.