Talking Watches With Todd Levin. What we have here is a trio of new ish ceramic Defy watches from Zenith. As you can see, they have undeniably modern looks, and yet the name, and certain elements of the watch’s design — most obviously the case — are inheritors of a design language dating from the late ’60s to early ’70s, even though the case is made from a material that watchmakers only began utilizing some time later. About a week ago, I wrote up the revival of the watch from which this Zenith design language sprang, the company’s A, which debuted with the first wave of El Primero chronographs in The A’s angular tonneau shape shares more than a passing resemblance with the Defy line that would launch a short time later. Zenith CEO Julien Tornare told me that it occurred to him while deciding to revive the A that this was the watch where the Defy design came from, and I have to agree with him. Looking at the modern Defy and understanding the history of Zenith, I think that the three watches we are looking at today represent well-executed examples of how a watchmaker can evolve designs and use new materials while still honoring its history. Let’s check them out. There’s a sleek black one with a hip, sleek vibe; there’s a white version that looks like it was made for life on the beach in Miami; and there is a blue one that is bit harder to pin down. I don’t dislike it by any means.
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Since its launch in , the Zenith El Primero has become as iconic as it has sought after, and here is a fantastic vintage Zenith El Primero A dating made in Only 1, of this particular Zenith El Primero was made, making this itself quite a fascinating talking point with the added luxury of more than likely being the only one you will ever see, even if yo rub shoulders with other watch collectors. The stainless steel case measures 38mm across plus the Zenith crown and pushers and is fitted on its brilliant angular designed band, somewhat reminiscent of the Audemars Royal Oak.
Inside is the infamous 31 jewelled automatic Zenith calibre PHC that has been serviced, runs great and comes with our twelve month warranty. For someone who loves vintage watches, a watch collector, or someone who is after an iconic watch, then this Zenith El Primero might just be the one. Credit should further be given to the El Primero as it had a high frequency movement, was also equipped with a column wheel and a horizontal clutch, and a more traditional system to use the start, stop and reset functions of the chronograph — and of course being automatic which is how we take most chronograph watches to be.
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The movement inside is based on the incredible El Primero dating back to when it debuted as the first wristwatch calibre with both automatic winding and chronograph functions. For the version of it, the list of features is extended by another — really useful — addition. The movement has not been modified for the sake of this limited edition.
The Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow takes a classic chronograph and this time Zenith takes inspiration from a prototype dating to
By sparrow , February 4, in Vintage Watches. Took a look through the dating vintage watches thread, but can’t find anything on how to date Zeniths. This has come up a few times before – looks as though Zenith don’t have a library of serial numbers to speak of, which is annoying as they have made some cracking pieces which tend to come up at good prices.
It’d be nice to be able to accurately date them. I’ve asked my local watchie who kindly furnished me with all sorts of Omega paperwork serials, calibres and production runs direct from the factory and not available to Joe Public, but he says Zenith have nothing like it. Agree with the above poster.
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This week, Watch Snob looks at the Zenith El Primero and discusses why the watch and movement, which have been around since
This superlative component beats at the heart of the Defy Lab, a timepiece of peerless precision. Some journalists from the four corners of the earth had congregated for the occasion In Le Locle, where a real show chaired by Aurel Bacs awaited them. With the launch of this major innovation, Zenith is writing its future and starting a new chapter in the history of the Swiss watch industry. The Manufacture has been making mechanical watches for years and currently has the capacity to produce around 40 different movements featuring various shapes and equipped with complications , reflecting its exceptional expertise.
Nobody was capable of measuring tenths of a second, the unit of time naturally stemming from a 5 Hz oscillation frequency. Zenith is now renewing ties with innovation and fundamental research by presenting Defy Lab and its new oscillator — an invention that challenges nothing less than the operating principle of mechanical watches invented by Christiaan Huygens in the 17 th century. Reinventing the mechanical watch In , the Dutch astronomer, mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens demonstrated the principle of regulating time by means of a coupled balance and spring fitted inside a clock, a concept that still forms the basis of all current mechanical watches.
This invention was partly based on the work of the learned mechanical scientist Ignace-Gaston Pardies, who corresponded with Newton. Pardies presented the theory of the isochronism of mechanical vibrations to the French Academy of Sciences in , but unfortunately died before being able to publish his proofs. Performance, simplification and aesthetic impact For the first time in the history of watchmaking, a technological breakthrough supersedes the Christian Huygens principle in terms of performance, aesthetic impact and simplicity.
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Forums Latest Auctions Members. Posts 7, Likes 22, Had a question about dating a Zenith via the case back number, don’t think there is a serial number on the cal. Any help greatly appreciated. Happy New Year all!
The present watch no serial number but the reference number that identifies it to the year What’s interesting is I have one of the watches.
The Chronomaster Revival was introduced in as a one-to-one remake of the original A watch from , but other iterations since then have sometimes taken a more creative approach. Each has borrowed from vintage models and even a Japanese cartoon to create something modern and novel to great effect. This is the most contemporary-feeling yet of the Chronomaster Revival series, and this time Zenith takes inspiration from a prototype dating to — interestingly, two years before the first black-coated watch was introduced.
Further notable is that the case is in lightweight, microblasted titanium. The A is notable because it was one of the first watches to house the now-iconic El Primero automatic chronograph movement, introduced in along with other notable horological developments. The modern version in the Chronomaster Revival is the in-house El Primero , beating at its characteristic 5Hz and offering 50 hours of power reserve. Unlike a vintage watch, the movement is visible through an exhibition case back.
The new Chronomaster Revival Shadow appears to be joining other regular production models, rather than being introduced as a limited edition. Learn More: Here. Today in Gear.
There’s more to Zenith watches than hyper-accurate chronographs
El Primero is the mouthpiece of the Zenith manufacture. And this world premiere movement? It was housed in the reference A, a watch with a bold dial design with three different coloured subdials and an angled date at Back then, a completely modern take on the chronograph design, the A is sought after model on the vintage market.
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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 , this limited edition watch comes dressed in a 38 mm diameter case and houses an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph.
Initially introduced at Baselworld , this movement was housed in the reference A, a watch with a bold dial design with three different coloured subdials and an angled date at Back then, a completely modern take on the chronograph design, the A is now a highly sought-after model on the vintage market. The piece is paired with a leather or alligator strap of a similar shade.
The piece preserves its sports chic aesthetic with a 38mm case in stainless steel that anchors its functionality in sports. Case Diameter: 38 mm Diameter opening: Strap Brown alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining Steel pin buckle. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. At , Zenith kept the date window that you can find on its models dating back 50 years. Like this: Like Loading
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Founded in by year-old Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith makes watches at the very pinnacle of quality and precision. As well as being the creator of the first integrated automatic chronograph movement, the El Primero, Zenith led the way in bringing together all watchmaking professions under the convenience of one roof. Read more. Although it is now one of the most prestigious and internationally acclaimed watch brands in the world, Zenith was not officially given its current name until , 46 years after its founding.
It was founded by watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot at the extraordinary age of just Georges won numerous awards for his creations during his lifetime, including the gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in , and he retired in after endowing the company to his descendants, along with the name Zenith. The story goes that after creating a particularly magnificent movement, Georges was struck by the poetic similarity between a well-functioning watch and the motion of the heavenly bodies: zenith worked as both an astronomical term and as an homage to the giddy heights of perfection to which watchmakers could aspire.
By , the company employed 1, workers and was making a range of highly sought after timepieces, clocks and instruments, as well as watches. In , it unveiled the Calibre , a universally praised chronometer with a small seconds function. But perhaps the most distinguished moment in the history of the brand came in early , when it was one of three competing brands in the race to complete the first ever automatic chronograph movement.
All three finished almost simultaneously, but despite ongoing debate about the true first, the manufacture dubbed its creation El Primero, and continues to maintain that it was the winner. Interesting fact: El Primero is not in fact Spanish, as many people assume, but rather means first in Esperanto. Regardless of its relative position, El Primero was undeniably a brilliant invention, oscillating at an extraordinary 36, vibrations per hour the others were only 28, , and able to measure time to the nearest tenth of a second.
Once back on its feet, the manufacture quickly re-found its dominant position in the luxury watch industry, and the brand joined the LVMH group in