Zenith donate factory prototype of the Chronomaster Revival Ref. A3818 “Cover Girl” to Covid-19 Charity Auction
Zenith kindly donate the legendary El Primero ref. A3818, otherwise known as the “Cover Girl” watch for the Revolution x The Rake Covid-19 Solidarity Auction.
Zenith Factory prototype of the Chronomaster Revival Ref. A3818 “Cover Girl” The most collectable vintage Zenith chronograph is the legendary El Primero ref. A3818, otherwise known as the “Cover Girl”, thanks to its appearance on the front of Manfred Rössler’s book Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865. For those of you who have had the chance to set eyes on the “Cover Girl”, the watch can only be described as jaw-droppingly stunning. It uses the same angular, tonneau-shaped case as the Zenith Ref. A384, but features one of the most unique dials in modern watchmaking, with striations that catch the light quite magnificently.
Its defining feature is a stepped or uneven racing track demarcated with thin radial lines that look like a shark’s teeth. These tiny lines, designed almost like a soundwave, lead the eye towards the combination of a pulsation and tachymeter scale above the minute track. It is important to note that there are precisely 300 of these ultra-thin markers on the dial, allowing you to read the chronograph seconds to an accuracy of 1/10th of a second, which the legendary high-frequency 5Hz (36,000vph) El Primero movement is capable of. This factory prototype is donated by Zenith and is the watch that appears in all the images related to the launch of this sold out special edition. Please see here to read more about the watch.