Zenith is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the famed El Primero—the world's first automatic chronograph—with a recreation of the groundbreaking watch.
The Swiss watchmaker unveiled the El Primero Revival A384 in New York City. It's a reverse-engineered rendition of the original, which could measure time intervals to one tenth of a second, but with a few modern tweaks.
“We can’t create an exact replica because times have changed and so has technology,” Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith, told Forbes.
“We use a new state-of-the-art movement, and we added sapphire crystals and an open caseback. Otherwise, the design is exact.”
More specifically, the vintage-style time piece boasts the 278-part El Primero 400 chronograph movement, a sapphire crystal window, and a transparent case back. The 37mm faceted matte-finished steel case and lacquered black-and-white tachymeter, however, are faithful to the original.
Forbes has further details on other features:
The El Primero 400 caliber beats at 36,000 vph and features hours, minutes in the center, and small seconds at 9:00. The chronograph can track intervals of time up to 12 hours and 30 minutes, and has a central chronograph hand.
There is also a tachymeter scale on the outer chapter ring of the dial and date indication at 4:00. The dial has SuperLuminova SLN C3 hands and markers. Crafted in stainless steel, it is water resistant to 10 ATM.
Priced at $7,600, the El Primero Revival A384 will be available with a black alligator leather strap or steel bracelet when it goes on sale this October.