To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famed El Primero chronograph calibre, Zenith launched the El Primero Revival A384 watch. This is a homage to the world’s first automatic chronograph, the first El Primo back in 1969.
The making of this new model was more than a year in research and development stages. To truly understand how revolutionary the original watch was, the brand sought out the advice of watchmakers and product developments manager who were on board in the making of the original El Primero chronograph.
The new 50th Anniversary El Primero Revival A384 watch comes with almost exactly the same reproduction of the original El Primero in 1969. The original feature chronograph movement with column-wheel mechanics, a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour and the ability to measure time intervals to an accuracy of 1/10th of a second. But, there are some necessary updates on the new one.
The new EL Primero is powered by the current EL Primero 400 chronograph movement and sapphire crystal instead of the acrylic glass. You also can see the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback. The black alligator strap with rubber lining gives the watch truly vintage appeal.
Calibre El Primo 400 features hours, minutes, and small seconds that beat at 36.000 vph. The chronograph feature can help you to track intervals time up to 12 hours and 30 minutes with a central chronograph hand. There are also date indications and a tachymeter scale on the outer ring dial. The stainless steel case is water resistant up to 10 ATM.
When a lot of watch models in the modern market come with a big size case, this watch features a 37mm case that is the same as the 1969 original size. The size contributes a lot of charm to the piece. It also offers comfort and a superbly proportioned watch on your wrist.
With bevelled edges and brushed surfaces, the case comes with an exact copy of the original one, even the dimensions are identical. The dial, with its panda design, red chronograph hand, tachymeter scale, and applied luminous hour markers, is just as Zenith originally designed it some 50 years ago.
The iconic El Primero movement inside is a calibre that bespeaks the quality and steadfastness of its design. You no need to doubt it, there are so many reasons why Rolex sourced El Primero to power its Daytona collection for so many years. So the differences you can spot between the original and the new one is laid on the sapphire crystal that sport on its front and back.