One of the most celebrated and historic caliber movements is getting reborn by Zenith, yet again. The “El Primero” returns in the form of a “Chronomaster” revival model, attached to a ladder-style bracelet. Its been more than half a century since this revolutionary movement first appeared and it continues to be held in high regard within the horology market.The 37mm tonneau-shaped case is made of stainless-steel with a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Its case has a mixture of radial-brushed segments that then contrastes with straight-brushed and polished finishes. This is a faithful reproduction of the A385 case, released back in 1969. It comes equipped with two steel mushroom-style push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions and screw-in setting crown. All topped by a boxed sapphire crystal with a water-resistance of 50 meters (164 feet). Time is exhibited on a smoked brown gradient dial with steel applied hour index markers, followed by small white printed seconds and minute markers. Followed by a black tachymeter scale with white numerals. There is also a date aperture between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions with red numerals. It also includes three white sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock; a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock; and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. The rhodium-plated central hour/minutes baton-style hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a beige luminescence, for an enhanced legibility.
Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385
The “Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A385” (References below) is powered by the self-winding automatic in-house mechanical movement, caliber El Primero 400 with 31 jewels, 278 components and 36,000 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a ladde-styler steel bracelet, secured to wrist by a stainless-steel folding clasp, which was inspired by the vintage Gay Frères bracelet. It also available on a light brown calf leather strap with a protective rubber lining, secured by a stainless-steel pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Zenith website here.