Zenith returns to El Primero for Basel
A few days left to go before Baselworld 2012, and watch companies have been showing their sneak peeks of what they have to offer for 2012. We already seen what Tissot is coming up and now, perhaps Zenith is on to the same direction to enrich their heritage and bring back the golden age of watch making.
Introducing two new models to the popular El Primero line. The El Primero Chronomaster 1969 and the El Primero Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon & Sunphase, that was quite a mouthful. This 2012, will see the return of the glory day of Zenith through these two models. The El Primero, being the first automatic chronograph released back in 1969, is probably one of the most sought after chronograph ever, even more popular than the Rolex Daytona. Heck, the Rolex even had the Daytona used the same movement the El Primero had before Rolex made its own.
The 2012 edition will feature the same colors as the original 1969 model. However, the watch will be sporting a new Zenith El Primero movement that is worthy of its ancestry. The Calibre 4061, beating at a high frequency of 36,000 vph, deviating from the standard 28,800 vph just like before. The increase in frequency results to a higher accuracy of the chronograph. You can also see, a cut-away portion the dial, in the 10 o’clock position, the heart of the movement. The open-heart construction reveals the work of Zenith design engineers and watchmakers, relocating the escapement to the 10 o’clock. The watch will be a 42mm stainless steel case, a size that is already been proven standard for our generation. The piece will come with a choice of either a triple folding alligator strap with rubber lining (shown on the photos), a stainless steel pin buckle or a stainless steel triple folding clasp. All of which are worthy of the Zenith Chornomaster name.