Zenith celebrates 50th birthday of El Primero with limited edition
1969 was a landmark year for watchmaking as both Heuer and Zenith unveiled rival automatic chronograph movements for the first time.
50 years on and both brands are hosting anniversary celebrations supported by recreations of iconic watches from the time: a modern reissue of the Monaco in the case of TAG Heuer, and now a contemporary El Primero A384 from Zenith joining its Revival series.
More than just a vintage inspired watch, the Revival is a historically accurate recreation of one Zenith’s most important chronographs.
“With its retro-futuristic styling, timeless proportions and emblematic chronograph calibre, the A384 is the final piece in the El Primero 50th Anniversary Revival series,” a Zenith spokesperson said.
Each part of the original A384 from 1969 was digitised so as to be accurately reproduced, from the 37mm faceted steel case to the lacquered white and black tachymeter dial.
On the outside, the only differences are the sapphire crystal instead of an acrylic glass, the display back replacing the solid steel case back.
Inside, the A384 movement has been replaced with a modern El Primero 400 chronograph movement.