Zenith El Primero

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  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: 02.0480.405
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Strap Length: 200mm
  • Scope: Box & Papers
  • Year: 1999
  • Case Width: 40mm
  • Listing ID: SD017721
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Model
02.0480.405
Year
1999
Scope Original Box & Papers
Movement Automatic
Case Width 40mm
Strap Length
200mm
Listing ID
SD017721
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This Zenith is in excellent condition, with light marks consistent with age and light wear. There are some scratches to the lugs and bracelet. The bezel click is functions but is slightly inconsistent in movement.

Comes with inner Zenith box which has light wear to the exterior, instruction booklet, hang tag, world service booklet, original Zenith leather strap and pin buckle in used condition and the original guarantee card.

ZENITH

Zenith is a watch brand with a storied and genuinely interesting history. Like many other brands, it began its early history making watches for the rich and famous, including a pocket watch which was gifted by Indian independence leaders Indira Nehru to Mahatma Gandhi.

In 1969, Zenith became one of the three companies that released an automatic chronograph movement. This was particularly notable as prior to this horological arms race an automatic chronograph was considered extremely difficult to design.

When the Quartz Crisis hit, however, Zenith's run ended. The El Primero, once Zenith's flagship, went out of production. While other brands scrapped or sold their tooling, Charles Vermot, a senior engineer who helped develop the movement, decided to dismantle but keep the El Primero's tooling.

This saved Zenith. Only a few years later, Rolex chose the El Primero movement to power its new, revamped Daytona. Zenith was able to return the movement to the production line, and as a result won the contract to supply Rolex. This provided them with a lifetime, which allowed Zenith to make its comeback into the globally-recognised brand which it is today.

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This Zenith is in excellent condition, with light marks consistent with age and light wear. There are some scratches to the lugs and bracelet. The bezel click is functions but is slightly inconsistent in movement.

Comes with inner Zenith box which has light wear to the exterior, instruction booklet, hang tag, world service booklet, original Zenith leather strap and pin buckle in used condition and the original guarantee card.

ZENITH

Zenith is a watch brand with a storied and genuinely interesting history. Like many other brands, it began its early history making watches for the rich and famous, including a pocket watch which was gifted by Indian independence leaders Indira Nehru to Mahatma Gandhi.

In 1969, Zenith became one of the three companies that released an automatic chronograph movement. This was particularly notable as prior to this horological arms race an automatic chronograph was considered extremely difficult to design.

When the Quartz Crisis hit, however, Zenith's run ended. The El Primero, once Zenith's flagship, went out of production. While other brands scrapped or sold their tooling, Charles Vermot, a senior engineer who helped develop the movement, decided to dismantle but keep the El Primero's tooling.

This saved Zenith. Only a few years later, Rolex chose the El Primero movement to power its new, revamped Daytona. Zenith was able to return the movement to the production line, and as a result won the contract to supply Rolex. This provided them with a lifetime, which allowed Zenith to make its comeback into the globally-recognised brand which it is today.
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