Especially for the Fine Watch Club, the first international club for multi brand watch owners, Zenith has created a special edition timepiece equipped with the iconic El Primero movement. Revival of the first ever El Primero Model from 1969, this limited edition watch comes dressed in a 38 mm diameter case and houses an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph.
With the capability of beating at 36,000VpH per hour ever since 1969, the El Primero calibre has been at the heart of the manufacture’s collections as well as that of other brands, such as the inevitable Cosmograph Daytona from Rolex, of which the first vibrations were powered by the El Primero. Initially introduced at Baselworld 1969, this movement was housed in the reference A386, a watch with a bold dial design with three different coloured subdials and an angled date at 4:30. Back then, a completely modern take on the chronograph design, the A386 is now a highly sought-after model on the vintage market.
Introduced this year, the Zenith Revival series in precious metals that celebrates the legendary movement’s 50th anniversary is sold out.
Exclusively crafted for the Fine Watch Club in a limited edition of 24 pieces, the “Zenith El Primero A386 Revival Fine Watch Club Edition” is a reminder of the popularity of this watchmaking legend still widespread among collectors, in the quest of a horological myth, a sort of Holy Grail.
For the first time, this model features a bronzed “tobacco” dial. The piece is paired with a leather or alligator strap of a similar shade. For the dial, purists will appreciate the three variations of the iconic blue/grey counters, the famous “tri-compax” dial layout that made its mark on watchmaking history. The piece preserves its sports chic aesthetic with a 38mm case in stainless steel that anchors its functionality in sports.
At 4:30, Zenith kept the date window that you can find on its models dating back 50 years.
Zenith El Primero A386 Revival« Fine Watch Club Edition »
Limited edition of 24 pieces
El Primero 400, Automatic
Calibre: 13 ¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Movement thickness: 6.6.mm
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève”. motif
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
– Central chronograph hand
– 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Date indication at 4:30
Diameter: 38 mm
Diameter opening: 33.05 mm
Thickness: 12.60 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal. Special case back with stamp of logo FWC
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Special brown tobacco dial with blue indexes and blue hands
Hour-markers: blue and covered in SuperLuminova SLN C3
Hands: blue and covered in SuperLuminova SLN C3
Brown alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining
Steel pin buckle