Zenith Defy Revival A3691

ZENITH presents the second model in its collection of faithfully reproduced iconic DEFY timepieces.

The DEFY Revival A3691 is a re-edition of an important 1971 reference. With its vibrant red gradient-effect dial and rugged geometric case, this new model is the first DEFY Revival model in the permanent collection.

In 1969, Not only did the Manufacture unveil the venerable El Primero calibre, but it also debuted the DEFY collection of wristwatches.

One of the first models of this DEFY collection was the A3642. About two years later, ZENITH introduced new colourful dials with a marked “vignette” effect that darkens towards the edges, including the A3691 with a deep red dial.

In 2022, the Swiss Manufacture paid tribute to the historic A3642 with the Limited Edition Zenith Defy Revival A3642 watch. Now it presents the re-edition of A3691.

Accurately recreated using the historical production plans, the Zenith DEFY Revival A3691 brings back all the details and singular design elements of its ancestor.

The faceted octagonal case is paired with a fourteen-sided bezel. The deep glossy red dial features a prominent vignette effect that darkens towards the edges. It comes with unusual applied square hour markers with horizontal grooves.

The iconic Gay Frères steel “ladder” bracelet has now been updated with a more modern and ergonomic folding clasp.

The only cosmetic differences between the Revival and its progenitor are the sapphire crystal, the display case back and the type of luminescent pigments. The water-resistance of 30ATM (300 metres) has also been maintained from the original, even with the addition of a display back.

The other main difference beats away inside. Instead of the original’s solid case back emblazoned with a four-pointed star that became one of the brand’s logos and recurring design element for years, the DEFY Revival A3691 features a sapphire display back showing the automatic Elite 670 manufacture movement, operating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 VpH) and providing an autonomy of 50 hours.

Unlike the DEFY Revival A3642, which was produced as a numbered limited edition, the DEFY Revival A3691 version is joining the permanent DEFY collection and will be available from ZENITH boutiques and authorised retailers around the world.

Technical details

Model: Zenith Defy Revival A3691 (original revival of the reference A3691)
Reference 03.A3642.670/3691.M3642

Movement
Calibre ELITE 670 automatic
Frequency 28 800 VpH (4 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 50 hours
Finishes: New star-shaped oscillating weight with satined finishings

Functions
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Date indication at 4:30

Case
Material: Stainless steel
Octogonal case with iconic 14-sided bezel
Case diameter: 37 mm
Water resistance: 30 ATM

Dial
Ruby gradient dial
Hour markers: Rhodium-plated and faceted
Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

Bracelet
Stainless steel “Ladder” bracelet

Price
6,900 CHF