Available in the Shop: Zenith’s New Vintage 1969 from Watchfinder & Co.

The Rake delves into Zenith’s El Primero New Vintage 1969.

Zenith’s El Primero movement is an icon in itself and has been in production for more than 50 years. Launched in 1969, it is the result of seven years of hard work from the Zenith watchmakers who set out to create the first fully integrated automatic chronograph movement. The more convenient option would have been to simply add a module to a base movement, but Zenith’s plan was far more ambitious and contained additional requirements, making the project even more challenging. The main requirement, of course, being the high-beating frequency of the calibre, allowing the chronograph function to measure time accurately to 1/10th of a second.

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September 2021

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