After an initial limited edition introduction that proved quite successful, Zenith continues to widen the reach of their restored 1969 Defy model. Proving once again that looking for inspiration in the past can provide present gains and usher in future trends. The charismatic design of the “Zenith Defy Revival A3690” (which predates Gérald Genta’s Royal Oak) is unique enough to merit this resurgence in appeal among horology enthusiasts. 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 sturdy 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. Although this movement may not be as revered as others in the Zenith catalog, it still comes highly decorated with perlage for the mainplate, radial Côtes de Genève for the bridges, and a star-shaped skeleton rotor further embellished by the Côtes de Genève treatment.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 teal blue dial with applied rhodium-plated and faceted hour index markers, followed by a ring of white printed minutes/seconds track. 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 white date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Zenith Defy Revival A3690
The “Zenith Defy Revival A3690” (Ref#: 03.A3642.670/3690.M3642) it 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 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 fold-over clasp.
This is a non-limited boutique edition. For more up to date information visit the official Zenith website here.
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