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Four Must-Have Zenith El Primero Chronographs
Four outstanding new chronographs spanning over 50 years.
replica Zenith Watches celebrated the 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking El Primero chronograph movement in 2019 with a collection of timepieces that pay homage to the original vintage watch with laser precision and style. As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the automatic chronograph movement, Zenith has launched a series of "El Primero Revival" watches, which have been honored with the cases found on the first watches equipped with the movement in 1969. Revival, including circular outlines of ref.8. Cask shape for A386 and reference. A384.
However, not all Revival models follow the same release schedule. Some of them, such as the exclusive G381 Revival, are limited editions, while others are officially included in the brand's production catalogue. In the absence of an official statement, Zenith actually made it very clear which models will only be produced in limited quantities and which will be mass-produced. Those homage to the A386 – the most famous and coveted execution of the El Primero – will be limited editions, and Zenith even recently announced it would drop the case again. On the other hand, a new model featuring the angular A384 case silhouette will take center stage for the first time in decades, offering a variety of production models as well as some exciting limited editions.
While Zenith has become almost synonymous with the pioneering high-frequency El Primero, and vintage models of the popular A386 continue to rise in value, the company still has plenty of value elsewhere. This includes series like Defy, as well as other lesser-known El Primero variants. The A384 is a perfect example; not only did it showcase an underappreciated side of the Zenith tradition that was central to El Primero history, but it also served as a platform for more experimental designs.replica swiss watches
Today at the store we're featuring two very different A384 timepieces, along with a pair of chronographs from the brand's Chronomaster collection that offer an alternative to the much-loved aesthetic of the A386 without losing its vintage inspiration . All four new timepieces add in different ways to the heritage of El Primero, one of the first automatic chronograph movements on the market.
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Revival 'Shadow'
At first glance, you'd think the 'Shadow' edition of the Chronomaster El Primero Revival is a thoroughly modern creation, and we wouldn't blame you since it was unveiled earlier this year. It sure looks like it, with its black microblasted titanium case, monochrome aesthetic, and anthracite dial, but in reality, this new chronograph is actually a throwback to the little-known Zenith prototype from the 1970s Contemporary reimagining.
The new Zenith Shadow shares the same 37mm, angular case profile model as the standard A384 Revival, but that's what it has in common with its more traditional, retro-inspired siblings. The Shadow also stands out from its 1970s prototype in several important ways. Instead of black PVD-coated steel, the Zenith Shadow has a micro-blasted titanium case in a matte dark gray finish. The case, of course, is the A384 design, with the 5 Hz automatic El Primero movement inside. However, it differs from the regular El Primero in that there is no date indication – yes, this is the rare El Primero chronograph that does not have a date aperture at the 4:30 position. Also, when it comes to the dial, Zenith has taken a simplified approach by removing all indexes and chronograph markers, retaining only the tachymeter on the raised outer edge of the dial, and applying rhodium-plated and Super-LumiNova-filled hour markers.replica Richard Mille watches
The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Shadow is a different kind of Zenith "revival" watch. It resurrected a chronograph that was not even an El Primero, while offering a new way to understand and appreciate the movement's rich history. It has striking visuals and a blacked-out aesthetic, but it remains under the radar thanks to its use of lightweight titanium and a compact 37mm diameter that fits snugly around the wrist.
The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Revival Shadow comes on a black "Cordura effect" strap with white stitching and a titanium pin buckle that complements the microblasted case finish.
Zenith El Primero A384 Revival Trapeze Bracelet
While the Chronomaster Revival Shadow was inspired by vintage, the recently launched Zenith El Primero A384 Revival new (or old?) trapezoidal bracelet goes a step further and is nearly identical to its 1969 predecessor.
When we last visited the watch, which was only available on a black alligator strap, we mentioned it was an "uncompromising design," which was largely true. One detail that was missing when it was first released last year was the stepped bracelet found on the original 1969 watch. This has been corrected here, as Zenith went to great lengths to recreate the unconventional bracelet on the A384 (and A386) designed by Gay Frères.Audemars Piguet replica
Probably the most famous producer of bracelets in all of watch history, Gay Frères supplies the likes of Rolex (which eventually bought the company in the late 1990s), Audemars Piguet, Tag Heuer and Patek Philippe with metal straps to match their strap timepieces. Of the countless bracelets that Gay Frères has produced over the decades as an independent company, the Trapezoid is one of the most famous, largely because of its close association with the Zenith El Primero.
Unlike traditional solid three-link bracelets, the trapezoidal bracelet removes the central links in an alternating pattern—creating a ladder-like appearance—providing a more breathable, flexible wearing experience and a one-of-a-kind look. Even though the original Zenith El Primero model was fitted with this bracelet, it is unlike any other on the market. Like the watch it is attached to, everything has been reborn in precise detail, from the finish of the links to the buckle of the strap.
Today, there are very few brands that can replicate a watch that is over 5 years old using nearly identical components - and Zenith is one of them. The case of the A384 Revival is an exact replica of the original, with beveled edges and a brushed finish. It is interchangeable in size with the 37mm original, down to the crown and piston pusher. The dial features a panda design, red chronograph hands, tachymeter scale and luminous hour markers, exactly the same as Zenith’s design more than 50 years ago.
Coupled with the trapezoidal bracelet, we think the Zenith A384 Revival looks better than ever.
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Zenith added the Chronomaster nomenclature to its line of El Primero chronographs in the mid-1990s, and it has remained a flagship of the brand ever since. When the Chronomaster line first came out, it combined vintage aesthetics with modern wearability; it is believed that the first El Primero with an exhibition case back was part of the Chronomaster line. Today, the collection operates as an all-encompassing collection of chronographs for every aesthetic, but of course all powered by El Primero movements. The Chronomaster El Primero Revival Shadow fits the Chronomaster collection, but so do some other more traditional El Primero signature looks.replica mens watch
Here are two of our favorite classic Chronomaster watches that expand our current El Primero collection with new options for larger diameters and steel (non-trapezoidal) bracelets. While not an exact "revival" of the original A386, the two Chronomasters offer a cleaned-up design, sharing a familiar set of overlapping tri-color sub-dials but removing the anachronistic base-100 scale and swapping out vintage Zenith branding A more modern overall look.
Although the traditional A386 case has a 38mm profile, Zenith adapted it to a more modern, larger size with a diameter of 42mm a few years ago. The added size expands the watch's total dial space, moving the date window from the traditional 4:30 position to the 6 o'clock position. If you're after an El Primero and appreciate the functionality of the date window, but sadly it comes at the expense of dial symmetry, then this Chronomaster is for you. The 42 mm Chronomaster is fitted with an alligator leather strap.
While the A384 Revival with its new trapezoidal bracelet has been grabbing all the headlines lately at Zenith, it’s worth pointing out that the company has been offering a modern three-link Oyster bracelet for its 38mm Chronomaster for a number of years. Its brushed outer links and polished center links do an excellent job of matching the multiple finishes of the case.
For more than fifty years, Zenith's automatic chronographs have been the horological touchstones of watch lovers. It set new standards in chronograph production when it debuted in 1969, and Zenith remains one of the companies most associated with the category.best replica watch