In association with Revolution&The Rake, Zenith presents an alternate version of one of the most sought-after vintage El Primero models, the A3818.
Nicknamed “The Airweight Cover Girl”, this special edition Chronomaster Revival combines the original’s striking blue dial with the line’s first-ever case and ladder bracelet in titanium.
In 2020, Zenith collaborated with Revolution&The Rake to bring back one of the most coveted El Primero references ever made, the A3818.
Affectionately dubbed the “Cover Girl” by vintage watch collectors and El Primero aficionados after its appearance on the cover of Manfred Rossler’s book “Zenith – Swiss Watchmaking Since 1865”, the A3818 was introduced in 1971 for a brief time and produced in limited quantities, making it one of the most elusive and sought-after vintage El Primero watches.
Its modern remake, the Zenith x Revolution Chronomaster Revival A3818 “Cover Girl”, was an instant hit among vintage watch aficionados and Zenith fans, selling out all 100 pieces in a matter of hours. Now, Zenith has once again come together with Revolution&The Rake to bring back the Cover Girl with a modern twist.
Weighing only 78.2 grams on its ladder bracelet, the Airweight Cover Girl is crafted entirely in grade 5 titanium. And as a first for Zenith, the ladder bracelet originally designed by the famed Gay Frères company in the 1960s is made for the first time in titanium, denoted by the polished centre link.
One of the most striking features of the original A3818 is undoubtedly its dial. Faithfully reproduced in this special series, the vertically brushed finish and Superman blue tone of the dial have been preserved, while the shark tooth scale, tachymeter scale, logo and text are given a modern touch with an execution entirely in SuperLuminova.
Compared to the first Chronomaster Revival A3818 Cover Girl, the Airweight’s SuperLumiNova is done in a more natural “C1” white colour rather than the slightly green “C3” tone of the previous Revival edition.
Visible through the sapphire display back, the El Primero 400 calibre —the direct descendant of the original 1969 El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph movement— beats at the rate of 5Hz (36’000 VpH).
The ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl” is a limited edition of 250 examples. This timepiece is available from Revolution&The Rake as well as Zenith boutiques around the world.
Model: ZENITH x Revolution&The Rake Chronomaster Revival A3818 “The Airweight Cover Girl”, Reference: 95.A3818.400/51.M3818
El Primero 400
Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement
Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif
Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at nine o’clock
Central chronograph hand, 12h counter at six o’clock, 30 minute counter at three o’ clock
Tachymetric & pulsometric scales
Date indication at 4:30.
Material: Grade 5titanium
Water-resistance: 5 ATM
Caseback: transparent sapphire crystal
“Superman” vertical brushed blue
Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1
Titanium ladder bracelet and Blue “Cordura” effect strap with white stitching
Limited edition of 250 pieces