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Zenith Steel 44mm Automatic 03.2050.4035 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Tourbillon Chronograph - Unique
27 065 
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19
UK
Zenith Rose gold 42mm Automatic 18.2111.400/01.C498 pre-owned
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Zenith Captain El Primero Chronograph Limited Edition Rose Gold
8 926 
Professional dealer
19
UK
Zenith Steel 36mm Automatic 16.9200.670/01.MI001 new
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Zenith Diamond Defy Midnight Automatic 36mm
7 600 
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369
EE
Zenith 38mm Automatic 19.0250.400 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
3 550 

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DE
Zenith Steel 37mm Automatic 02.0451.680/21 new
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Zenith Port Royal
3 200 
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10
ES
Zenith Silver 52mm Manual winding Pocket watch pre-owned Finland, Helsinki
Zenith Grand Prix Paris 1900
300 
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FI
Zenith Rose gold 40mm Automatic 18.2021.670 pre-owned
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Zenith Special Edition - Elite Captain Central Seconds 18K...
6 850 
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860
NL
Zenith Steel 43mm Automatic A3637 pre-owned Finland, HELSINKI
Zenith Vintage Diver 1000m 43mm All original condition
3 990 
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197
FI
Zenith Steel 35mm Manual winding Zenith Ref. 01.1280.360 pre-owned
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Zenith Surf Vintage Ref. 01.1280.360 Cal. 2572
445 
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197
IT
Zenith Steel 37mm Automatic 031125579 pre-owned Finland, Jyväskylä
Zenith Elite Class
2 300 
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11
FI
Zenith Yellow gold 25mm Automatic pre-owned
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Zenith Lady automatico veramente raro
1 100 
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114
IT
Zenith Steel 35mm Automatic 011620380 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith auto steel serviced in very good condition
795 
Professional dealer
1553
FI
Zenith Titanium 46mm Automatic 24.2062.405 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Stratos Chronograph Automatik Titan Herren...
4 450 

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Zenith 34mm Manual winding Sporto pre-owned Finland, Raisio
Zenith Sporto
250 
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FI
Zenith Gold/Steel 32mm Automatic pre-owned Finland, Raisio
Zenith Respirator X
870 
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FI
Zenith Palladium 45.5mm Automatic 96.2062.405/27.C707 pre-owned
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Zenith El primero Stratosfer Pole2Pole Limited Editions...
7 350 
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860
NL
Zenith Steel 36mm Automatic 01.0210.415 pre-owned Finland, Helsinki
Zenith El Primero 01.0210.415 (1973)
3 200 
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FI
Zenith Steel 37mm Manual winding Zenith Cal. 126 pre-owned
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Zenith Vintage Jumbo Storm Desert Dial Cal. 126
590 
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197
IT
Zenith Steel 35mm Manual winding pre-owned
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Zenith COMPUR Vintage swiss hand wind Chronograph watch Cal...
1 475 
Professional dealer
699
ES
Zenith Silver 52mm Manual winding 9678728 pre-owned Finland, Helsinki
Zenith 21 jewels Extra Prima pocket watch
1 170 
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FI
Zenith Steel 35mm Manual winding 9588884 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith Sporto cal120, with original balck dial, serviced
595 
Professional dealer
1553
FI
Zenith Steel 52mm Manual winding pre-owned Finland, Ylämylly
Zenith Billodes
410 
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FI
Zenith Steel 35mm Automatic 90/010040 680 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. 90/010040 680...
1 550 

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DE
Zenith Steel 38mm Automatic 03.2150.400/69.M2150 new Finland, Jyväskylä
Zenith El Primero Original
5 980 
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FI
Zenith Gold/Steel 46mm Automatic 86.0526.4000 pre-owned
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Zenith Defy Classic Chronograph Aero in Steel with Rose Gold...
5 450 
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860
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Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9000.9004/78.R782 pre-owned Finland, Helsinki
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
7 990 
Professional dealer
30
FI
Zenith Steel 34mm Automatic Zenith pre-owned
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Zenith AutoSport Automatic Cal. 2562PC
519 
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197
IT
Zenith Steel 42.5mm Manual winding CP-2 pre-owned
Zenith Cairelli CP-2 steel civilian
12 669 
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27
UK
Zenith Ceramic 45mm Automatic 49.2521.400/98.C755 new
Zenith Tribute To The Rolling Stones Skeleton El Primero
6 088 
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28
US
Zenith Gold/Steel 34,5mm Quartz 20-0480-460 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith original black dial
295 
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1553
FI
Zenith Steel Automatic Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMTT pre-owned
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMTT
4 995 
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36
ES
Zenith Steel 36mm Automatic 16.2320.692 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Moonphase Lady Automatik Diamanten Ref. 16.2320.692
4 950 

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DE
Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9005.9004/01.M9000 new Finland, Jyväskylä
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
8 990 
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FI
Zenith Yellow gold 35mm Automatic 00984 pre-owned
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Zenith Classic 35 MM Captain Automatic Solid 18K Yellow Gold -...
2 150 
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860
NL
Zenith Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding pre-owned
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Zenith 18k Gold - Fully Serviced
1 376 
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63
UK
Zenith Rose gold Automatic 18.2020.670/22.c498 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Captain Central Second Rosegold 18Kt. Box&Papers...
6 490 
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56
AT
Zenith Ceramic 41mm Automatic 49.9002.670/01.R792 new
Zenith Defy White Ceramic Classic Elite
4 825 
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369
EE
Zenith Titanium 37mm Automatic 97.T384.4061/21.C822 new
Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow
8 100 
Professional dealer
14
DE
Zenith Steel 33.5mm Manual winding 8658089 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith Star cal126, serviced in very good condition
495 
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1553
FI
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.4061 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Ref. 03.2040.4061
4 980 
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521
DE
Zenith Steel 40.5mm Automatic 03.2010.681 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Ref....
3 350 

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Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.400/69.M2040 new Finland, Jyväskylä
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
5 990 
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FI
Zenith Gold/Steel 46mm Automatic 86.0526.4000/21.R642 pre-owned
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Zenith Defy Automatic Chronograph Steel/Rose Gold 46 mm - 86.0526
5 450 
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860
NL
Zenith Titanium 41mm Automatic 95.9000.670/51.R790 new
Zenith Defy Classic Titanium Blue Dial
4 200 
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90
AD
Zenith Steel 45.5mm Automatic 03.2062.4057/69.r515 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th 03.2062.4057...
5 522 
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425
UK
Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9000.9004/78.M9000 new
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 One second Chronograph
8 225 
Professional dealer
369
EE
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.2140.691/02.C498 new
Zenith Elite Captain Moonphase 03.2140.691/02.C498
5 760 
Professional dealer
14
DE
Zenith Steel 35mm Manual winding 301A064 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith vintage Star cal120, serviced
495 
Professional dealer
1553
FI
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.400/69.C494 new
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
5 500 
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1737
UK
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.2140.691/02.C498 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Automatik Mondphase Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
4 050 

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DE
Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9000.9004/78.M9000 new
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 NEW 2020
9 900 
Professional dealer
96
DE
Zenith Steel 33mm Automatic 16.2310.692/81.C706 new
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin
5 200 
Professional dealer
19
US
Zenith Steel 38mm Automatic pre-owned
Zenith surf
1 400 
Professional dealer
232
IT
Zenith Titanium 37mm Automatic A384 new
Zenith El Primero Bamford x Mr Porter Edge of Space ltd full set
9 784 
Professional dealer
104
UK
Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 03.2530.4047/78.C813 new
Zenith El Primero Grande Date Full Open Chronomaster El
6 750 
Professional dealer
369
EE
Zenith Silver 45mm Automatic 05.2430.679/17.C902 new
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver Limited Edition
8 500 
Professional dealer
14
DE
Zenith Silver 54mm Manual winding 3669 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith vintage silver model, in rare good condition
345 
Professional dealer
1553
FI
Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 03.2160.4047/01.C713 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Grande Date
6 975 
Professional dealer
11
SG
Zenith Steel 46.5mm Automatic 03.0527.4000 pre-owned
Zenith Defy Classic Rainbow El Primero Flyback Chronograph...
5 050 

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Zenith Rose gold 45mm Automatic 18.2400.4046/01.C721 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Doublematic Alarm 18KT.
17 600 
Professional dealer
96
DE
Zenith Titanium 45mm Automatic 95.9000.9004/78.R582 pre-owned
Zenith 【中古】ZENITH(ゼニス ) デファイ エル・プリメロ 21 1/100クロノグラフ 95.9000.90...
6 016 
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JP
Zenith Yellow gold 35mm Automatic 30.0040.680 pre-owned
Zenith Elite
3 570 
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165
UK
Zenith Titanium 44mm 95.9000.9004/78.R782 pre-owned
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Titanium
7 736 
Professional dealer
37
US

Precision and High Performance since 1865

Luxury watches from Zenith represent precision, quality, and reliability. The El Primero was the first automatic chronograph caliber developed in the world. Its 2017 successor can measure 1/100th of a second.


Highlights

  • Zenith El Primero: first automatic chronograph worldwide
  • El Primero 21 with two escapements, measures 1/100th of a second
  • Top chronographs made of gold and feature a tourbillon
  • Current watches in the Pilot collection have a vintage look

Zenith: Ahead of the Curve

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Zenith is inseparable from their famous chronograph caliber, the El Primero. This movement was released as 3019 PHC in 1969 and was the first automatic chronograph movement ever produced. Thanks to a balance frequency of 36,000 A/h, it can measure 1/10th of a second. Most chronographs can only measure 1/8th of a second, as they oscillate at 28,800 A/h.

In 2017, the company presented the ultra-modern Zenith El Primero 21 caliber. The successor to the famous El Primero has two escapements, one for displaying the time and the other for chronograph functions. One oscillation system vibrates at 360,000 A/h, allowing it to measure 1/100th of a second, while the other vibrates at 36,000 A/h.

Haute horlogerie highlights from Zenith include the intricate watches in the Academy Christophe Colomb (French for Christopher Columbus) series. The model Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Equation of Time is a true example of 21st-century watchmaking art. This timepiece won the Best Complicated Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève in 2011, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of mechanical watches. Zenith even developed a self-regulating mechanism for this ultra-precise watch, the so-called Gravity Control module. It ensures that the escapement and oscillation systems constantly remain in a horizontal position, regardless of the position of the watch on a wrist. This pioneering system guarantees optimal precision.


How much does a Zenith watch cost?

Zenith is a part of the luxury goods concern LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton SE (LVMH), nestled in between TAG Heuer and Hublot. Zenith watches are meant for the young at heart who have an appreciation for tradition, high-quality in-house work, and innovative technology. Movements developed and produced in-house are even featured in some of the Elite collection's introductory models. These women's and men's watches have predominantly classic designs, making them ideal dress watches. Zenith offers high-quality luxury watches that are comparatively affordable. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of LVMH, was instrumental in this strategy of offering affordable luxury watches.

You can find a number of good deals in the vintage market. There are countless pre-owned Zenith wristwatches and pocket watches which you can purchase for just a few hundred euros. Even chronographs with the famous El Primero movement are available pre-owned starting at 1,700 euros. These are often from the 1990s and are in very good or good condition. You should plan on spending at least 3,300 euros for a new model.


Detailed Price Information

Model Price (approx.) Features
Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, Ref. 18.2212.8805/36.C713 270,000 euros Gravity Control module, rose gold case, power reserve display, 45 mm
Academy Christophe Colomb Equation of Time, Ref. 65.2220.8808/01.C630 170,000 euros Gravity Control module, white gold case, power reserve display, 45 mm
Chronomaster El Primero Tourbillon GFJ, Ref. 18.2520.4805/98.C713 73,000 euros Tourbillon, fusée-and-chain transmission, rose gold case, 45 mm
Chronomaster El Primero Tourbillon, Ref. 18.2280.4035/01.C713 55,000 euros Tourbillon, rose gold case, chronograph, 45 mm
Elite Classic 39, Ref. 18.2290.679/18.C498 7,400 euros Timeless, elegant dress watch; rose gold case; 39 mm
Defy El Primero 21, Ref. 95.9001.9004/01.R582 7,200 euros El Primero 21 with two escapements, measures to 1/100th of a second, power reserve display, titanium case, 44 mm
Chronomaster El Primero 42, Ref. 24.2041.400/21.R576 6,600 euros Ceramic-coated aluminum case, 42 mm, chronograph
Chronomaster El Primero 38, Ref. 03.2150.400/26.C714 5,100 euros Current version of this chronograph with a case size of 38 mm, just like the original
Chronomaster El Primero 42, Ref. 03.2040.400/69.C494 5,000 euros 42 mm, chronograph
Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, Ref. 29.2430.679/21.C753 5,000 euros Retro pilot's watch with an oversized crown, bronze case, 45 mm
Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Ton-Up, Ref. 11.2430.4069/21.C773 5,500 euros Chronograph, aged stainless steel case, 45 mm

Zenith El Primero: The Chronograph Legend

The El Primero is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and best chronograph movements worldwide. Therefore, it's not a surprise that manufacturers other than Zenith utilize this movement in their timepieces. Even Rolex used a heavily modified El Primero known as the 4030 from 1988 to 2000 in their Daytona watches. TAG Heuer also uses this high-frequency movement in their Carrera Calibre 36, albeit a modified version.

The origins of the classic caliber reach all the way back to 1969 when Zenith, Seiko, and a cooperative alliance between Breitling, Heuer, and Büren raced to be the first to make an automatic chronograph caliber. This race brought the Swiss manufacturer Zenith into the spotlight. Models with an El Primero from 1969 are comparatively rare today and not as expensive as one might think. Depending on its condition, you can purchase such a timepiece for around 5,000 euros. Yellow gold models in very good condition can cost over 10,000 euros, which is still comparatively inexpensive. For comparison, a Rolex Daytona from 1969 can cost over 180,000 euros.

Pre-owned models from the 1980s and 90s are especially affordable. Prices for these El Primero watches start around 2,000 euros. Models from the 1970s only cost a few hundred euros more.


Current Models with the El Primero

The current collection features a 38-mm watch (03.2150.400/26.C714) which closely resembles the original model from 1969. New, the stainless steel model costs around 5,100 euros. If you prefer a 42-mm case, then the Chronomaster El Primero 42 is a good choice. Like the 38-mm model, it's available in stainless steel, rose gold, or bicolor rose gold/stainless steel. Stainless steel versions (03.2040.400/69.C494) cost around 5,000 euros. If you want a 42-mm gold watch to call your own, then you should be prepared to spend around 11,000 euros.

The model with reference number 24.2041.400/21.R576 stands out due to its ceramicized aluminum case. This material is made of aluminum, the surface of which is converted into oxide ceramic via a special oxidation process. After the procedure, the watch case is hard, scratch-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and lightweight. You will need to spend at least 6,600 euros on this timepiece.


Top El Primero Models

Highlights from Zenith include their gold watches with an El Primero tourbillon movement. These luxury watches cost around 55,000 euros new. With a stainless steel case, they cost around 10,000 euros less. In very good condition, a pre-owned rose gold variant with a tourbillion costs around 30,000 euros. Even more exclusive is the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Tourbillon GFJ, which utilizes a fusée-and-chain transmission. This mechanism is rarely used. Unlike the more common systems, a fusée-and-chain transmission ensures the movement has a constant driving force. A new, gold Chronometer El Primero Tourbillon GFJ (18.2520.4805/98.C713) costs more than 70,000 euros.

Completely skeletonized watches with El Primero movements are also highlights from this company. The Le Locle-based manufacturer uses "Full Open" as an affix to the name in order to emphasize the skeletonizd design. Thanks to the skeletonized dial, you can view the movement from the front side of the watch, too. A sapphire glass case back gives you a clear look at the beating heart of the timepiece. New bicolor variants (51.2081.400/78.C810) cost about 7,000 euros.


The Chronograph of the 21st Century

Zenith presented the Defy El Primero 21 at Baselworld 2017, one of the most important watch trade shows in the world. This wristwatch is powered by a successor to the El Primero chronograph caliber and catapulted the brand into the 21st century. The movement has two separate, independent escapements. The first ticks at 36,000 A/h and ensures the time is displayed. The second oscillates at 360,000 A/h (50 Hz), enabling the watch to measure 1/100th of a second. Currently, the Defy El Primero 21 is available with a ceramic or titanium case. The titanium version is available with a skeletonized dial or in a retro design with a silver dial and black numerals. Prices for this titanium watch start at 7,200 euros. The skeletonzied titanium and ceramic watches cost around 8,500 euros.


Pilot's Watches

Although wristwatches with the El Primero caliber are Zenith's most famous timepieces, the Swiss manufacturer has other beloved series, such as the Pilot collection. It consists of classic pilot's watches, as Zenith has a longstanding relationship with aviation. During the early years of flying, they were supplying pilots and airplanes with their timepieces.

The Type 20 Extra Special is reminiscent of historical models from the 1940s with its retro design. Its large case, hands, numerals, and oversized onion crown (which can be used with gloves on) are all distinctive features. The Pilot Type 20 Skeleton and Pilot Type 20 Hommage à Louis Blériot are especially rare models. Both were limited to five pieces each and cost 205,000 euros.

Watches produced in larger numbers are significantly more affordable. A bronze watch with three hands (29.2430.679/21.C753) costs around 5,000 euros. As a new chronograph, the 45-mm pilot's watch costs around 6,000 euros. If you're not a fan of bronze, there are many stainless steel options. These watches feature artificially aged cases, giving them vintage charm. The variant with three hands costs 5,000 euros, while the chronograph costs 5,500 euros.


Timeless and Elegant Dress Watches

The Zenith Elite series was introduced to the market in 1994, when mechanical watches were gaining in popularity. These elegant wristwatches are powered by ultra-thin automatic movements with long-lasting power reserves. In 1994, the Elite caliber was only 3.3 mm thick and could run for 55 hours uninterrupted. Pre-owned models from the 1990s only cost around 1,000 euros, and newer versions in very good condition cost a bit more at 1,600 euros. The price for new watches starts at around 2,700 euros. Top models made of 18-karat rose gold and featuring a tourbillon cost over 50,000 euros. If you don't necessarily need a tourbillon, you should plan on spending around 16,000 euros for a new gold watch with a matching gold bracelet. With a leather strap, a gold Zenith Elite only costs 9,000 euros.


Watchmaking Tradition since 1865

Zenith has over 150 years of watchmaking experience and history. Watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot founded his company in 1865 in Le Locle. According to legend, Favre-Jacot named the company "Zenith" after creating a watch of extraordinary quality. A five-pointed star serves as the company's logo; together, the name and logo symbolize the manufacturer's aspiration to create timepieces of the highest quality.

In the early years, Favre-Jacot focused on the production of pocket watches. He brought all of the important players in watchmaking together in his company to achieve independence from third-party suppliers. From the very beginning, the manufacturer was producing incredibly precise timepieces, which later competed in the Neuchâtel Observatory's chronometer competition and won multiple times starting in 1903. Favre-Jacot left the company in 1911 and left it in the hands of his nephew, James Favre. Zenith has belonged to the luxury goods concern LVMH since 2000.

In addition to pocket watches, Zenith also produced countless deck clocks. At the beginning of the 20th century, they introduced one of the first wristwatches with an alarm function. Around this time, easily readable pilot's watches were also being developed and used in the First World War. Chronographs have been a part of this manufacturer's repertoire for about a century. Still today, the El Primero caliber is Zenith's most famous product. It was the first automatic chronograph in the world and has been reliably and precisely keeping time since 1969.


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