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Zenith El Primero Chronograph frisch revisioniert von Zenith  TOP
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph frisch revisioniert von Zenith TOP
Php 203,287
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Gute Zeiten Leer
30
DE
Zenith EL PRIMERO TOURBILLON
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Zenith EL PRIMERO TOURBILLON
Php 2,260,434
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ZEGG & CERLATI
18
MC
Zenith El Primero De Luca Chronograph steel 02.2310.400
Zenith El Primero De Luca Chronograph steel 02.2310.400
Php 151,646
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Dolce Time
 
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Zenith El Primero Rainbow chronograph gold 41 mm - lot of gold...
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Zenith El Primero Rainbow chronograph gold 41 mm - lot of gold...
Php 546,145
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Catawiki BV
 
Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback - 45.2061.405/29.C714
Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback - 45.2061.405/29.C714
Php 1,804,348
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
77
CH
Zenith El Primero Skeleton Tribute To Rolling Stones
Zenith El Primero Skeleton Tribute To Rolling Stones
Php 527,940
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Istock LTD
28
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Frederique Constant Runabout Moonphase
Php 148,673
Zenith Pilot Doublematic
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Zenith Pilot Doublematic
Php 546,145
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Zenith El Primero: Chronomaster 410
Zenith El Primero: Chronomaster 410
Php 504,881
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Zenith El Primero Chronom Titanium Auto Men's 96.2260.4061...
Zenith El Primero Chronom Titanium Auto Men's 96.2260.4061...
Php 524,906
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
CH
Zenith El Primero: Winsor Annual Calendar Ref. 03.2070.4054/02...
Zenith El Primero: Winsor Annual Calendar Ref. 03.2070.4054/02...
Php 408,820
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WINGOO WATCHES
253
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift pink gold 12400 ht
Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift pink gold 12400 ht
Php 885,969
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RIVIERAWATCH
55
FR
Zenith El Primero Carré Classic lV Ref. 01.0420.400 Chronograph
Zenith El Primero Carré Classic lV Ref. 01.0420.400 Chronograph
Php 109,168
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Dolce Time
 
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Zenith (El Primero) Chronograph Automatic, Men's Wristwatc...
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Zenith (El Primero) Chronograph Automatic, Men's Wristwatc...
Php 97,092
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Catawiki BV
 
Zenith El Primero
Zenith El Primero
Php 388,370
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Fabel GmbH
145
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 18K Rose Gold / Diamonds...
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 18K Rose Gold / Diamonds...
Php 376,284
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Phigora
73
US
Zenith stainless steel El Primero Chronomaster
Zenith stainless steel El Primero Chronomaster
Php 335,093
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
45
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Zenith El Primero: Chronomaster
Zenith El Primero: Chronomaster
Php 401,113
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Zenith Men's  24.2160.4063/28.R515 EL PRIMERO Chron Open...
Zenith Men's 24.2160.4063/28.R515 EL PRIMERO Chron Open...
Php 516,714
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
CH
Zenith EL PRIMERO: RANGE ROVER 42 MM Ref. 24.2040.400/27.R797
Zenith EL PRIMERO: RANGE ROVER 42 MM Ref. 24.2040.400/27.R797
Php 381,816
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WINGOO WATCHES
253
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Zenith El Primero 36000 VPH Skeleton 7300E EXPORT PRICE
Zenith El Primero 36000 VPH Skeleton 7300E EXPORT PRICE
Php 497,599
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RIVIERAWATCH
55
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 01.0240.410 Moonphase Chronograph
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 01.0240.410 Moonphase Chronograph
Php 181,988
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Dolce Time
 
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Php 351,960
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Zenith El Primero - 03.2062.4057/69.r515
Zenith El Primero - 03.2062.4057/69.r515
Php 396,865
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CONCEPT LUXURY
64
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Zenith El Primero Espada 40mm – 18.2170.4650/75.c713
Zenith El Primero Espada 40mm – 18.2170.4650/75.c713
Php 497,599
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Mall of the Watch
404
MC
Zenith 18k R/G Grande Class Open XXT El Primero B&P...
Zenith 18k R/G Grande Class Open XXT El Primero B&P...
Php 493,312
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Zenith El Primero Rattrapante
Zenith El Primero Rattrapante
Php 472,112
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
438
NL
Zenith Men's 03.2040.4061/52.C700 El Primero Chronomaster...
Zenith Men's 03.2040.4061/52.C700 El Primero Chronomaster...
Php 394,256
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
CH
Zenith El Primero: 410 Ref. 03.2091.410/01.C494
Zenith El Primero: 410 Ref. 03.2091.410/01.C494
Php 421,078
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WINGOO WATCHES
253
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 69 blue dial 5500HT
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 69 blue dial 5500HT
Php 412,643
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RIVIERAWATCH
55
FR
Zenith El Primero Sport
Zenith El Primero Sport
Php 358,028
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Fabel GmbH
145
DE
Zenith El Primero Pilot Doublematic Worldtime Chronograph
Zenith El Primero Pilot Doublematic Worldtime Chronograph
Php 606,221
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
122
DE
Zenith El Primero  - 03.2040.4061/52.c700
Zenith El Primero - 03.2040.4061/52.c700
Php 370,772
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CONCEPT LUXURY
64
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Bullit 45mm – 24.2160.4063/28.r515
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Bullit 45mm – 24.2160.4063/28.r515
Php 418,711
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Mall of the Watch
404
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Zenith 18k Y/G El Primero Chronomaster Annual Calendar...
Zenith 18k Y/G El Primero Chronomaster Annual Calendar...
Php 391,247
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Zenith Pacific El Primero Chronograph
Zenith Pacific El Primero Chronograph
Php 227,963
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
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Zenith Men's 02.0461.400/31 El Primero Rainbow Watch
Zenith Men's 02.0461.400/31 El Primero Rainbow Watch
Php 297,346
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
CH
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open  42mm T
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open 42mm T
Php 439,890
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2177
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Zenith El Primero Rattarapante
Zenith El Primero Rattarapante
Php 466,651
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Joaillerie Royale
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Zenith HERITAGE: ICONS BIG DATE SPECIAL Ref. 03.2410.4010/21.M...
Zenith HERITAGE: ICONS BIG DATE SPECIAL Ref. 03.2410.4010/21.M...
Php 318,706
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WINGOO WATCHES
253
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Zenith El Primero
Zenith El Primero
Php 377,447
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Fabel GmbH
145
DE
Zenith Chronomaster: El Primero - 42.00 New - 24.2041.400/01.r576
Zenith Chronomaster: El Primero - 42.00 New - 24.2041.400/01.r576
Php 382,302
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CONCEPT LUXURY
64
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Zenith El Primero 36’000 Vph 45mm – 03.2522.400/69.r576
Zenith El Primero 36’000 Vph 45mm – 03.2522.400/69.r576
Php 245,765
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Mall of the Watch
404
MC
Zenith Striking 10th · 03.2041.4052/69.C496
Zenith Striking 10th · 03.2041.4052/69.C496
Php 362,932
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Time of Switzerland SA
26
CH
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
Php 249,253
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 512061.405
Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 512061.405
Php 482,428
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Filipucci Juweliers
301
NL
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster OPEN 42 mm I
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster OPEN 42 mm I
Php 406,514
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
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Zenith El Primero G582
Zenith El Primero G582
Php 515,804
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TodoReloj
242
ES
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 SVRA Special Edition Stahl...
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 SVRA Special Edition Stahl...
Php 473,265
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
379
DE
Zenith El Primero: 410 Ref. 18.2091.410/01.C494
Zenith El Primero: 410 Ref. 18.2091.410/01.C494
Php 833,539
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WINGOO WATCHES
253
IT
Zenith El Primero Automatic Moonphase
Zenith El Primero Automatic Moonphase
Php 448,992
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Fabel GmbH
145
DE
Zenith El Primero 36’000 Vph 42mm – 03.2040.400/21.m2040
Zenith El Primero 36’000 Vph 42mm – 03.2040.400/21.m2040
Php 291,277
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Mall of the Watch
404
MC
Zenith 03.2041.4052/69.C496 El Primero Striking 10th Chronogra...
Zenith 03.2041.4052/69.C496 El Primero Striking 10th Chronogra...
Php 376,335
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European Watch Company
64
US
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
Php 264,832
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
CH
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Chrono Auto Men's...
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Chrono Auto Men's...
Php 300,380
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
586
CH
Zenith Prime Chronograph
Zenith Prime Chronograph
Php 179,014
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SC DIGITAL SALE SRL
78
RO
Zenith : Grand Class Open El Primero :  03.0520.4021/75.C491 :...
Zenith : Grand Class Open El Primero : 03.0520.4021/75.C491 :...
Php 201,571
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BernardWatch.com
138
US
Zenith El Primero Stratos FlyBack 1737
Zenith El Primero Stratos FlyBack 1737
Php 340,370
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2177
IT
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph Mens Watch
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph Mens Watch
Php 544,931
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Zenith El Primero Rainbow
Zenith El Primero Rainbow
Php 136,536
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
438
NL
Zenith El Primero Tribute To Felix Baumgartner – 03.2066.405/6...
Zenith El Primero Tribute To Felix Baumgartner – 03.2066.405/6...
Php 315,550
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Mall of the Watch
404
MC

Precision Since 1969

The Zenith El Primero was the first automatic chronograph caliber in the world. Oscillating at a high frequency, this movement can measure 1/10th of a second. Current top models are made of gold and have a tourbillon and skeletonized movement.

Highlights

  • Top Zenith El Primero models feature a tourbillon
  • High balance frequency enabling chronographs to measure 1/10th of a second
  • Defy El Primero 21 with two escapements, measures 1/100th of a second
  • 50-hour power reserve

Zenith El Primero: The First of Its Kind

The El Primero (Spanish for "the first") is inextricably tied to the Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith. The caliber rocketed the company to fame and earned them a place in the history books. The El Primero was introduced in 1969, making it the first automatic chronograph caliber worldwide. Thanks to its unusually high balance frequency of 36,000 A/h (5 Hz), it can measure 1/10th of a second – an ability that, to this day, remains a rarity in mechanical chronographs.
In spite of this high balance frequency, the movement runs for 50 hours once fully wound. In comparison, ETA's Valjoux 7750 only has a power reserve of around 44 hours. This movement is the most frequently used automatic chronograph caliber in the world. Today, Zenith is a master of timekeeping, offering ultra-precise watches such as flyback and double chronographs.
Current top models from Zenith using the El Primero caliber have skeletonized movements with a tourbillon and are made of ceramic or rose gold. If the skeletonized movement isn't a requirement for you, you can go for an El Primero Tourbillon instead. This model is available in stainless steel, titanium, or 18-karat rose gold. Tech lovers will be taken with the Defy El Primero 21 , which was introduced in 2017. The watch features two escapements: one for displaying time and the other for the chronograph function. The chronograph escapement vibrates at 50 Hz, ten times the speed of the standard El Primero. Its speed allows it to measure 1/100th of a second. This is an exceptional achievement in the world of mechanical watches.

How much does a Zenith El Primero cost?

Pre-owned Zenith chronographs with an El Primero caliber are available at comparably affordable prices. Models from the 1990s in good or very good condition start at around 1,500 euros. Gold watches from this time are only a bit more expensive, ranging between 1,700 and 2,000 euros. If you're looking for a wristwatch with an automatic in-house caliber and stopwatch function, then the Zenith El Primero could be the right fit for you. Models from the 90s are very affordable.
Prices for models from the 1980s start at around 2,300 euros, but can go up to and over 6,000 euros. The more expensive models have an 18-karat gold case and are powered by the caliber 3019PHF. The movement features a moon phase display as well as a complete calendar. A complete calendar displays the date, the day, and the month, but needs to be manually corrected during months with less than 31 days. The timepiece is also known as the El Primero 410. Without the calendar function, a pre-owned vintage watch from the 80s costs between 3,200 and 3,800 euros.
Model Price (approx.) Features Case material
El Primero Tourbillon GFJ, Ref. 18.2520.4805/98.C713 72,000 euros Fusée-and-chain transmission, tourbillon Rose gold
El Primero Tourbillon, Ref. 18.2280.4035/01.C713 55,000 euros Tourbillon Rose gold
El Primero Tourbillon Skeleton, Ref. 49.2520.4035/98.R576 33,000 euros Tourbillon, skeletonized dial and movement Ceramic
El Primero Grande Date Full Open, Ref. 03.2530.4047/78.C813 7,900 euros Oversized date, moon phase display, escape wheel, silicon pallet fork Stainless steel
El Primero Full Open, Ref. 03.2081.400/78.C813 7,200 euros Skeletonized dial and movement Stainless steel
El Primero Open, Ref. 03.2040.4061/69.C496 6,500 euros Partly skeletonzied dial, silicon escape wheel and pallet fork Stainless steel
El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow, Ref. 03.2061.405/21.M2060 6,000 euros Flyback chronograph, rotatable bezel, multicolor 30-minute counter Stainless steel
El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, Ref. 03.2060.4057/69.C714 5,700 euros Flyback chronograph, rotatable bezel, chronograph second hand makes one full 360-degree rotation in 10 seconds Stainless steel
El Primero Stratos Flyback, Ref. 03.2066.405/69.R515 5,400 euros Flyback chronograph, rotatable bezel Stainless steel
El Primero 38.00, Ref. 03.2150.400/69.C713 4,800 euros 38-mm diameter, retro design resembling the original from 1969 Stainless steel
El Primero Synopsis, Ref. 03.2170.4613/21.C714 4,500 euros Three-hand version, partly skeletonized dial, silicon escape wheel and pallet fork Stainless steel
Early models from the first year of their release are often appealing to collectors. A Zenith El Primero in good condition from 1969 can be purchased for as little as 5,000 euros. Models in very good condition cost 6,000 euros, while gold versions start at 8,500 euros. Compared to other vintage chronographs, the Zenith watch is very affordable. A Heuer Monaco from 1969 costs at least 13,500 euros. The Calibre 11, another one of the first automatic chronograph calibers, powers these chronographs. Stainless steel Rolex Daytonas from the 1960s, which are manual, often cost over 50,000 euros. Both of these examples show the relative affordability of a pre-owned Zenith El Primero.

New Watch Prices

New watches with the El Primero cost less than 4,000 euros. The 38-mm Chronomaster El Primero 38.00 timepieces come closest to the first watches from 1969. Prices for new stainless steel variants (03.2150.400/69.C713) start at around 4,800 euros. Retro models with an 18-karat rose gold case cost around 10,000 euros. Stainless steel versions with a partly skeletonized dial, called the El Primero Open, cost around 6,500 euros. This model gives you a view of the escapement and swing systems. If you want to be able to marvel at the movement from the front and back, then you should take a look at the Full Open variant. Stainless steel Full Opens cost about 7,200 euros. The El Primero Grande Date with an oversized date display is in the same price range.

Zenith El Primero Plus Tourbillon

Top Zenith El Primero models are made of rose gold and feature a tourbillon, which increases a watch's precision by compensating for gravity-related deviations from the correct time. The model with reference number 18.2280.4035/01.C713 costs almost 55,000 euros new. The version with a titanium case costs 10,000 euros less. The Chronomaster El Primero Tourbillon Skeleton is available with a lightweight, hard, and scratch-resistant ceramic case. Additionally, the dial and movement are skeletonized. You should be prepared to spend at least 33,000 euros on this black watch. Rose gold models cost around 48,000 euros.
One highlight from the Le Locle-based manufacturer is the Chronomaster El Primero Tourbillon GFJ . The last three letters, GFJ, are the initials of the company's founder, Georges Favre-Jacot. Zenith introduced the model in 2015 in celebration of the company's 150th anniversary. This wristwatch has Zenith's first tourbillon movement that uses a fusée-and-chain transmission. This system ensures a constant driving force and thus incredible precision. The El Primero Tourbillon GFJ is available with a ceramic or 18-karat rose gold case. The rose gold version costs over 70,000 euros new.

Zenth's Speedy Sport Watches

The majority of the chronographs using the Zenith El Primero have a sporty-elegant design. Therefore, most of them are perfect everyday watches that you can wear to the office or in your free time. Some timepieces, on the other hand, are true sports watches , such as the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback. It has a rotatable bezel and flyback function. You can purchase this model pre-owned for around 4,000 euros. Prices for new models start at around 5,400 euros.
The El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th (03.2060.4057/69.C714) is an particularly special watch; its central stopwatch seconds hand only needs 10 seconds to make a complete rotation. This mechanism makes it easier to read tenths of seconds. Usually, this hand needs 60 seconds to rotates 360 degrees. You should be prepared to spend at least 5,700 euros on this watch.
The El Primero Rainbow is also a popular model among fans. The manufacturer developed the Rainbow in the 1990s based on the needs of the French military. The company introduced the pilot's watch to the market in 1997. These Rainbow timepieces feature a multi-color 30-minute counter at three o'clock, a red chronograph seconds hand, and a rotatable bezel. The first 20 minutes of the scale on the bezel are in red. Using the telemeter scale on the rehaut, the edge of the dial, you can calculate distances. Models from the 90s often cost less than 3,000 euros. Current versions of the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow are 45.5 mm large and cost 6,000 euros new.

1969: An Exciting Year

Nineteen sixty-nine was a significant year in many aspects. That summer, the first men landed on the Moon with the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch on their wrists. Richard Nixon became the 37th President of the United States, and the Woodstock Festival went down in music history. There were also historical moments happening in the watch world, such as the competition to create the first automatic chronograph caliber between Zenith, Seiko, and a team made up of Heuer, Breitling, Büren, and the chronograph specialists Dubois Dépraz.
Breitling and Heuer began developing an automatic chronograph caliber in the early 1960s, as standard manual movements were becoming less and less popular. Automatic movements, which made regularly winding your watch a thing of the past, were gaining in popularity. Heuer, Breitling, Dubois Dépraz, and Büren joined together to tackle the challenge of creating an automatic chronograph caliber. The result was the Calibre 11 with a chronograph module and micro-rotor. Due to technical reasons, the crown was on the left side, while the push-pieces for starting and stopping the chronograph were on the right. The movement was presented in March 1969.
Zenith had introduced their El Primero in January 1969. Unlike the Calibre 11, the El Primero was an integrated chronograph movement. That meant that the movement was designed for the purpose of timing and its components fit perfectly together. The Calibre 11 had a chronograph module that was mounted onto the base movement. The Zenith El Primero, however, first came to market in the autumn of 1969. The Japanese manufacturer Seiko sold the first wristwatches with automatic chronograph movements in the early summer of 1969.