1955 Zodiac Rotographic Vintage Automatic Watch - Army / Navy College Football Game - 14K Gold


Item No. 4631

Today's auction showcases this uncommon 14K gold Zodiac Rotographic watch belonging to West Point Right Guard Flay O. Goodwin and commemorating the 1955 Army - Navy football game. The back is inscribed F.O. Goodwin - Army 14 - Navy 6 - 1955. It has a pleasing cushion case and fine automatic Zodiac movement. It is fully original down to the signed Zodiac crown. The original dial is very nice. It was recently serviced and is running true. Besides being an excellent collector watch, it's also a great piece of Army history. Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

1955 Army-Navy Game History:

1955 was the year of Red Blaik's "Great Quarterback" Experiment. Faced without a proven quarterback since Pete Vann had graduated earlier that spring, Blaik remained in a quandary. "Who do I play at QB for my team this season?" The Master came up with the idea that he would take his best athlete on the team and place him at the position. This was the 29th Army victory in the series, to 23 for Navy and four ties.

For a thorough recount of the game, cut and paste this link: http://forwhattheygave.com/2008/03/29/1955-football-team/

Lt. Col. Flay O. Goodwin Jr.:

Lt. Col. Flay O. Goodwin Jr. was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a pilot during the Vietnam War. After his military career he worked as a pilot for Executive Air Fleet in New Jersey and he later worked as a pilot at the Connellsville Airport for various different companies in the area.

The following photo can be found throughout the listing: 

1. Flay Goodwin. Taken during Spring practice, 1956. Back Row Left to Right: Bill Melnik, Unk, Mike Petruno, Flay Goodwin.

  • Manufacturer: Zodiac
  • Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the American market
  • Year sold: c. 1955
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Automatic
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 14K gold
  • Case markings (inside): Zodiac 94455
  • Case markings (outside): 14K Gold - D&A. Engraved "F.O. Goodwin Army - 14 Navy - 6 1955"
  • Case condition: Near mint
  • Dial: Silver, gold applique baton markers, outer gold minute track, original, and in better than excellent condition
  • Hands: Original, gold, dauphines
  • Dimensions: 30.5mm wide (excluding crown) by 41mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Movement markings: Zodiac Ltd. Swiss, Seventeen Jewels
  • Movement type: Zodiac caliber 1361, rhodium plated, AS ebauche, self-winding, 17 jewels, temperatures, shock protected, index regulator
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Width between lugs: 18mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, mint condition
  • Serviced: Yes, recently serviced.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
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    Category: Auto, Leather Ski, Mens, Solid Gold

    Type: WATCH

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