Case: Stainless Steel
Cuts: 37 mm
Movement: Self Winding/Automatic
BUCKLE: Pin Buckle
FUNCTIONS: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Date, Chronograph, Column wheel
WATER RESISTANCE: 100.00m
El Primero A384 revives when Zenith hands-on
Commemorates Zenith’s little-known new legacy of 1969 El Primero.
Zenith’s 1969 chronograph El Primero is more or less synonymous with the Zenith brand today. The story of this movement almost disappearing forever has been a long time. What’s interesting is that if the late Charles Vermot did not save the tools needed to make El Primero, then think about what kind of brand Zenith might be, or it could even serve as today’s A brand exists. It has been 50 years since Zenith was launched. It has a proper anniversary celebration for its most important movement with boxed sets, limited editions and styles to faithfully evoke the first wave of “pre-cancellation” El Primeros. Trend: The production of watches that were decided earlier than El Primero ceased in the mid-1970s.
Yes, Zenith cheap started with its most iconic watch-A386. From a design point of view, I have always felt that it stood up well in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is a classic round chronograph with a pump pusher and a dial with gorgeous tri-color colors. Also in 1969, Zenith introduced a second case shape, the inclined tonneau shape, which made people look forward to the coming 1970s. This is the barrel-shaped case seen by the A384, A385 and later A3817 and A3818 “Cover Girls”. According to Manfred Rössler’s book “Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture” (Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture), since 1865, 2,600 A384 prototypes were manufactured from 1969 to 1971 . Just by observing the shape of this case, you can see how it inspired the Zenith’s Defy series.
With the new El Primero A384 Revival unveiled at an event in New York about a week ago, Zenith can get the details right. The compact tonneau-shaped case shape matches the 37 mm diameter of the original A384, with the pusher and crown in the original position and proportional to the original position. It is worth mentioning that A384 Revival is not just a retro-style watch, for example, it can be more accurately applied to the name of El Primero Chronomaster. This is a truly accurate reproduction of the historical model, despite the sapphire crystals on the front and back.
The white lacquered dial with black small dials, like the original A384, has a panda-style layout and a tachymeter ring. The chronograph minutes and seconds hands are equipped with oversized dials. Just like the original A384, the black dial of the twelve-hour chronograph at six o’clock is slightly smaller, while the second hand of the red chronograph could have been lifted from the Zenith El Primero in the late 1960s. 70s. The most modern El Primero chronograph dial, even like the Chronomaster El Primero, which is another watch that wants to evoke the past, represents a “star-shaped” counterweight. The applied hour markers look like parts. Of course, the highlight in these marks is the modern Superluminova with a soft green hue. The date window is located at the correct position between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock, and has the same engraved three-dimensional shape as the 1969 original.
Inside the movement is the El Primero 400 self-winding movement, which is the modern embodiment of the OG automatic chronograph El Primero 3019 PHC. For fifty years, this movement has continued to grow and develop. If anything, this is a true classic, and for good reason. After all, this is one of the earliest automatic chronographs. It was conceived and made as an integrated design with a high beat frequency of 36,000 vph. Think about it, 50 years later, El Primero still has few ways to compete, certainly not at a relatively affordable price. buy replicas watch
The wrist time of this watch is only a few minutes, and I found it to wear very well on my 7-inch wrist, just like the old-fashioned watch it imitated. It is 12.6 mm thick, which is not thin at all, especially when people think it is only 37 mm in diameter. I really like the freshness of the facets and lines of this A384 Revival case, and I think this must be one of the main selling points for the reissue of this type of movement. A384 Revival will not only appear on the leather strap you see here, but will also reissue the vintage trapezoidal bracelet originally produced by Gay Frères for Zenith. It’s so cool now!
Now that Zenith has restored its tilted barrel case, there are many other design possibilities for revival. I can imagine that many people who read this book will be open to the idea of A3817 or A3818 revival.