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Zenith Steel 37mm Automatic 16.1925.4062/01.c725 pre-owned
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Zenith Heritage Manufacture Love Generation TOP Wesselton...
3 850 
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Pawndeluxe
396
NL
Zenith Rose gold 45mm Manual winding 18.2210.4810/01.C713 new
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Zenith Academy
25 558 
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
152
HK
Zenith Steel 37mm Automatic 01.0125.680 pre-owned
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Zenith Elite
2 172 
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EXPERTYCO
47
PL
Zenith up to 4 000 €
Zenith 4 000 € - 8 000 €
Zenith Steel 40mm Manual winding A3736 pre-owned
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Zenith Super Sub Sea with G.F. Bracelet
8 569 
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It's About Time
 
UK
Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 03.0240.4021 pre-owned
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Zenith El primero power reserve
3 699 
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CORTI GIOIELLI
15
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Zenith Yellow gold 40mm Automatic NA 6630-2 pre-owned Finland, Helsinki
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Zenith Depose
20 800 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Zenith Steel 46mm Automatic 03.2060.405 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Herrenuhr Automatik 03.2060.405
4 460 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Steel 44mm Automatic 03.0520.4010 pre-owned Finland, HELSINKI
Zenith El Primero Grande Date 44mm
2 790 
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Chrono Finland
83
FI
Zenith Steel 45,5mm Automatic 03.260.405/21 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback
3 450 
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Herm's Watches
62
NL
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Zenith Gold/Steel 30mm Quartz 11.0210.104 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith Men¨s rare vintage gemstone Finlandia watch, MINT
525 
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hankkija ou
1017
FI
Zenith Steel 34mm Manual winding Ref. 220 S - Acciaio pre-owned
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Zenith Stellina Cal. 2531, Sub Second, 19 Jewels, Vintage 1960s
299 
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A e G Smart S.r.l.
6
IT
Zenith Steel Automatic pre-owned
Zenith Respirator
1 100 
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Steiner Maastricht
330
NL
Zenith Rose gold Automatic 18.2170.4613/01.C713 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Synopsis 18KT Rose Gold Openwork
7 939 
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fitzroviawatches.co.uk
197
UK
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.2170.4650/01.m2170 pre-owned Finland, Porvoo
Zenith El Primero Espada
3 300 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Zenith 36mm Quartz 27.0020.392 pre-owned
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Zenith Triple Date Kalender Mondphase Herrenuhr Ref. 27.0020.3...
1 480 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Steel 33mm Automatic 90/02 0100 670 pre-owned
Zenith Elite
1 250 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
625
DE
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.0510.400 new
Zenith El Primero Sport
2 850 
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AesseA Orologi e Creazioni srl
 
IT
Zenith Steel 38mm Automatic 010180434 pre-owned
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Zenith Movado El Primero First Chronograph Ultra Rare - 3019PHC
2 750 
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Pawndeluxe
396
NL
Zenith Yellow gold 22mm Quartz 36.0300.911 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith rare 14ct golden gemstone Finlandia watch
525 
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hankkija ou
1017
FI
Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 03.2280.400/91.R576 new
Zenith El Primero Sport
5 977 
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Swiss Watch And Diamond Exchange
 
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Zenith Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 51.2040.400 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero
5 450 
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Chronothek Uhrenhandels GmbH
58
AT
Zenith Steel 36mm Manual winding 078A322 pre-owned Finland, Turku
Zenith vintage 1960's cal 2531 oversize 36mm
625 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Zenith 37mm Manual winding Sporto pre-owned Finland, Espoo
Zenith Sporto
500 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Zenith Silver 54mm Manual winding 1835729 pre-owned Finland, Helsinki
Zenith Prima
330 
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Private Seller
 
FI
Zenith 36mm Automatic 30.0010.672 pre-owned
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Zenith Chronometer Gmt 18k Gold Automatik Herrenuhr 30.0010.672
2 980 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Steel Automatic 03.2270.4069/26.C493 new
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic Fume Dial 03.2270.4069/26.C493
4 534 
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fitzroviawatches.co.uk
197
UK
Zenith Steel 34mm Quartz 27.0340.33 pre-owned
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Zenith Cosmopolitan Date Vintage Basel Metal - 27.0340
350 
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Pawndeluxe
396
NL
Zenith Yellow gold 24mm Quartz 36 020.104 pre-owned Finland, Imatra
Zenith Finlandia rare 14ct golden gemstone collection watch
495 
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hankkija ou
1017
FI
Zenith Rose gold 37mm Automatic 17.0125.650 pre-owned
Zenith 17.0125.650 Class Elite Automatic 18K Rose Gold 37MM...
3 575 
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European Watch Company
305
US
Zenith Ceramic 42mm Automatic 24.2041.400/21.R576 pre-owned
Zenith エルプリメロ クロノマスター 2017年新作 腕時計24.2041.400/21.R576 自動巻 セラミック...
4 193 
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Daisinyoko & Co.
 
JP
Zenith 35mm Manual winding Sporto pre-owned
Zenith Sporto Handaufzug vergoldet von ca. 1962
880 
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Watchplanet
110
DE
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.210.681 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Ultra Plate 03.210.681
2 200 
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Chronothek Uhrenhandels GmbH
58
AT
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.4061/69.C496 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Chronomaster1969 03.2040.4061
4 026 
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Deep Arrow Inc. Fujihan
67
JP
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03/16 1125691 pre-owned
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Zenith Elite Automatik Mondphase Edelstahl Herrenuhr 03/16...
2 960 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Titanium 45mm Automatic 96.2260.4061/21.R575 new
Zenith El Primero Rolling Stones Limited Edition
9 626 
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SPAZIO 21
 
IT
Zenith Steel 42.5mm Manual winding CP-2 pre-owned
Zenith Cairelli CP-2 steel civilian
15 605 
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A Collected Man
18
UK
Zenith Gold/Steel 22mm Quartz 27.0300.911 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith rare vintage gemstone Finlandia watch
345 
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hankkija ou
1017
FI
Zenith Steel 39.9mm Automatic 02.0240.410 new
Zenith Chronomaster Chronograph NEW
5 500 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1099
NL
Zenith Rose gold 42mm Automatic 18.2041.400/76.C795 new
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH
11 405 
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Shreve, Crump & Low
 
US
Zenith Steel 44mm Automatic 03.2050.4035/01.C713 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Tourbillon Chronograph 03.2050.4035/01.C713
24 393 
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WatchBox
517
US
Zenith Yellow gold Automatic 86.2062.405 new
Zenith El Primero Stratos Limited Edition 50pcs
13 162 
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Watch Republic Karol Kałużny
121
PL
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2110.400/01.C498 new
Zenith Captain Chronograph 03.2110.400
3 355 
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Deep Arrow Inc. Fujihan
67
JP
Zenith 40mm Automatic 20-0230.410 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Kalender Mond Chronograph Automatik Chronoma...
2 960 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Ceramic 44mm Automatic 49.9000.9004/78.R582 new
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
8 600 
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SPAZIO 21
 
IT
Zenith Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding 30.0240.655 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Power Reserve 18k with Box and Invoice
2 800 
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TimesValue
175
DE
Zenith Gold/Steel 29mm Quartz 27.2290,616 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith rare vintage gemstone Finlandia watch
395 
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hankkija ou
1017
FI
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.4061/69.C496 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open
5 350 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1099
NL
Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9000.9004/78.M9000 new
Zenith Defy El Primero
8 961 
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Shreve, Crump & Low
 
US
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.2190.4041/01.C498 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Captain Tourbillon 03.2190.4041/01.C498
15 342 
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WatchBox
517
US
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2272.4069/51.C700 pre-owned
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic BLUE - SUPER OFFER
4 044 
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Watch Republic Karol Kałużny
121
PL
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2043.4052/01.C496 new
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th 03.2043.4052/01.C496
6 599 
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Montres & Bijoux
39
IT
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2270.4069 pre-owned
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Zenith Elite Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
3 680 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9002.9004/78.R584 new
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
8 180 
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SPAZIO 21
 
IT
Zenith Steel 44mm Automatic 03.0520.4010/01.R511 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Grande Class 44 mm Full Set
3 087 
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ELEGANT WATCHES
183
PL
Zenith Yellow gold 22mm Quartz 30.0300.911 pre-owned Finland, imatra
Zenith 14ct vintage gemstone Finlandia watch
475 
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hankkija ou
1017
FI
Zenith Steel 45.5mm Automatic 03.2060.405/21.C714 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback
4 850 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1099
NL
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.2020.670/22.c498 new
Zenith Captain Central Second
3 802 
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Shreve, Crump & Low
 
US
Zenith Rose gold 42.5mm Automatic 18.2180.4003/01.C713 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Perpetual Calendar 18.2180.4003/01.C713
18 963 
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WatchBox
517
US
Zenith Yellow gold Automatic El Primero pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronograph Model G382 18ct 1969 1st Launch...
16 457 
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Vintage Gold Watches London Limited
 
UK
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2041.400/51.C496 new
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH 03.2041.400/51.C496
5 890 
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Montres & Bijoux
39
IT
Zenith Steel 44mm Automatic 03.0520.4002 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph Herrenuhr Automatik Ref....
3 320 
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Zeitauktion GmbH
1560
DE
Zenith Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9001.9004/01.R582 new
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
7 448 
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SPAZIO 21
 
IT
Zenith Rose gold 42mm Automatic 18.2040.4061/69.C494 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
9 570 
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ChronoCity
32
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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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