The legendary high-frequency chronograph El Primero celebrates its half-century anniversary. The Zenith brand pays homage to its rich heritage and presents an exclusive anniversary set containing three chronographs with legendary three-color counters. This is a new interpretation of the first authentic El Primero 1969, Chronomaster El Primero high-end watch with an updated mechanism and Defy El Primero 21, with an accuracy of 1/100 seconds – a trilogy presented in a limited series of 50 sets, combines the interpretation of the concept of “high frequency” in the understanding of several eras.
El Primero has been exciting the exacting wristwatch connoisseurs for 50 years. The history of this high-frequency model with a guiding star, which began in 1969, continues today and will continue tomorrow thanks to the legendary high-end watch Chronomaster El Primero and futuristic Defy time device. To celebrate the anniversary of El Primero – the world’s first built-in and most accurate automatic chronograph with a unique destiny, – Zenith invites you to take a journey through time. Anniversary set contains three El Primero models, which exactly recreates the technical and aesthetic history of the development of this legend. The collector’s edition of the trilogy with signature counters, presented in a traditional boxed form, meets any preferences in the style: vintage, classic and modern.
Although El Primero chronograph has been constantly evolving since its invention, and inspired to create a new timepiece, becoming an archetypal model, recognized by connoisseurs of high watchmaking, Zenith brand has never offered a new interpretation of the original model. And here it happened: the anniversary set, released in a limited edition of 50 copies, contains a version, which is the first perfect interpretation of the top-notch chronograph El Primero 1969. This is a historical event, thanks to which these vintage wristwatches are filled with a special aura and multi-faceted symbolism. The case is constructed out of steel with a diameter of 38 millimeters with a convex glass having a magnification effect, three-color counters, tachymetric scale, font, the shape of the hands and hour markers, leather strap – here are all the original codes. Similarly, the shape of the lugs and buttons accurately reproduces the features of the historical high-end watch.
To give a new life to the character and authentic features of the famous predecessor when creating a new model, Zenith engineers and designers conducted a reverse engineering procedure: an authentic copy of the high-end watch from the Museum of the Manufacture was completely scanned by the laser, which allowed to reproduce every detail. There were only two deviations from the canon: a change in the design of the back cover of the case, which now – unlike the original model – allows you to see freely the mechanism, alongside with updating the logo. As for the mechanism itself, the modern version of El Primero is an automatic mechanism with a column wheel, beating the rhythm of 36,000 vibrations per hour and providing automatic winding with a power reserve of 50 hours, as well as the accuracy of measuring time to 1/10 of a second. As in the original version, this stylish timepiece is equipped with the hour, minute and small seconds hands, chronograph function, tachymeter scale and a date indicator between the 4- and 5-o’clock positions.
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