Bringing back one of its most popular chronographs from 1971, Zenith Watches has announced the launch of the Chronomaster Revival El Primero A3817. An accurate reproduction of the original model from 1971, the Revival El Primero combines the sportier steel tonneau-shaped case of the earliest steel El Primero references with the striking tri-color dial of the A386, resulting in a unique and appealing aesthetic that continues to resonate with vintage chronograph enthusiasts.
The original Zenith timepiece, released for the first time ever in 1971, combined a sporty steel tonneau-shaped case and a striking tri-color dial. Due to its limited release of only 1,000 models, it remains one of the most elusive, distinguished, sought-after timepieces among the early El Primero line. Thankfully, the rerelease of this brand favorite will give additional opportunities for ownership of this iconic piece. Notable features of the Zenith Chronomaster Revival include its recognizable blue and grey counters, with blue markers at nine o’clock. Its precise function is made possible by the 5Hz escapement of the famed El Primero movement. The seconds tracking features what is referred to by many in the industry as a shark tooth scale, or pyramid pattern, which enhances its legibility. Finally, the pump-style pushers are the same as the original.
At 37mm, the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Revival A3817 uses the exact case dimensions from the original 1969 El Primero series. Not only is this watch modeled after the original A3817, but it is also as close to an exact replica as possible. Designers used historical blueprints and then reversed engineered this line to preserve the original finishes and proportions. Therefore, this watch isn’t merely loosely based on or even inspired by the original A3817, it is an exact duplicate of the 1971 timepiece available in modern time, a truly miraculous revival.
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