After reintroducing a series of El Primero models from the 1960s and 1970s that were well received. Zenith has now landed specifically in 1969 and decided to reproduce the earliest Defy model. This elaborate design may not be as celebrated, but actually predates Gérald Genta’s Royal Oak. That fact alone makes this trip down memory lane a worthy detour to introduce the new “Zenith Defy Revival A3642”.
The octagonal 37mm case is made of stainless-steel with a polished and brushed finish, while mounted to the case is a tetradecagon (14-sided) bezel with a polished finish. The robust look of this watch, back when it was first released earned it the “coffre-fort” nickname, which is French for “bank vault”. Unlike the original Defy model that had a solid caseback, on this flip-side is a sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It showcases a few purple jewels, golden gears, and the star-shaped custom rotor with a vintage-style matte finishing. Engraved on the steel rim is the “ONE OF 250” limited edition inscription.It comes equipped with an oversized pillbox screw-down setting crown, adorned by the Zenith star logo. All topped by a sapphire crystal which is a deviation from the original acrylic, but a modern addition that offers much greater scratch resistance. Plus it assists with an enhanced water-resistance that can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).Time is exhibited on a gradient brown dial with applied rhodium-plated and faceted hour index markers, followed by a ring of white printed minutes/seconds markings. The main hour indexes have an unusual configuration of big squares with horizontal grooves, which contrast with the minutes/seconds ring by going in opposite directions.The sword-shaped hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Zenith Defy Revival A3642
The “Zenith Defy Revival A3642” (Ref#: 3.A3642.670/75.M3642) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, Elite caliber 670 with 27 jewels and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a silicon escape wheel and pallet lever. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is an 18mm stainless-steel ladder bracelet like the original Gay Frères, secured to the wrist by a foldover clasp. This is a limited edition of only 250 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Zenith website here.
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