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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. More

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Zenith Oversize 38mm Vintage oro 18kt 126
Zenith Oversize 38mm Vintage oro 18kt 126
Php 45,797
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Time Precious di Giannattasio Mauro
22
IT
Zenith 2016 Zenith El Primero Chronograph Silver 38mm 36000...
Zenith 2016 Zenith El Primero Chronograph Silver 38mm 36000...
Php 242,623
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Php 539,755
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SIMARI GIOIELLI
5
IT
Zenith up to Php 4,000
Zenith Php 4,000 - Php 10,000
Zenith Elite Port Royal V Automatic
Zenith Elite Port Royal V Automatic
Php 117,765
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JOYERIA TOMAS
11
ES
Zenith El Primero Chronograph
Zenith El Primero Chronograph
Php 251,886
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
122
DE
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH, Fullset, 2014
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH, Fullset, 2014
Php 323,853
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Uhrgut - Ferry Blaim
7
AT
Zenith Chrono Vintage A273
Zenith Chrono Vintage A273
Php 189,732
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Saan Marco Orologi D'epoca
 
IT
Zenith 03.0540.40210
Zenith 03.0540.40210
Php 343,481
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JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Zenith Grande Class El Primero Chrono
Zenith Grande Class El Primero Chrono
Php 361,770
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WatchUKnow.com
6
US
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Zenith Numeri Romani oro 18tk 33mm
Zenith Numeri Romani oro 18tk 33mm
Php 49,723
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Time Precious di Giannattasio Mauro
22
IT
Zenith EL PRIMERO Port Royal
Zenith EL PRIMERO Port Royal
Php 138,954
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Avanti Fine Jewellery
 
UK
Zenith Elite Power Reserve
Zenith Elite Power Reserve
Php 382,736
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SIMARI GIOIELLI
5
IT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 (11.2430.4069/21.C773)
Zenith Pilot Type 20 (11.2430.4069/21.C773)
Php 316,826
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The Watch Movement
 
US
Zenith Grand Class El Primero
Zenith Grand Class El Primero
Php 251,886
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
122
DE
Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410
Php 497,098
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Badel Watch
6
BE
Zenith Chronograph Monopusher
Zenith Chronograph Monopusher
Php 314,039
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Saan Marco Orologi D'epoca
 
IT
Zenith 03.240.4039/21.C610
Zenith 03.240.4039/21.C610
Php 475,966
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JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Zenith ELITE SQUARE automatic 670
Zenith ELITE SQUARE automatic 670
Php 117,765
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JOYERIA TOMAS
11
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Zenith De Luca I Serie acciaio e oro 14kt
Zenith De Luca I Serie acciaio e oro 14kt
Php 228,987
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Time Precious di Giannattasio Mauro
22
IT
Zenith 832A740
Zenith 832A740
Php 31,404
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GIOIELLERIA MARCELLI DI MARCELLI STEFANIA
14
IT
Zenith Port Royal
Zenith Port Royal
Php 130,850
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YOURWATCH SRL
 
RO
Zenith El Primero Sport
Zenith El Primero Sport
Php 359,837
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Paul Koppenwallner GmbH
 
AT
Zenith Elite
Zenith Elite
Php 124,307
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
122
DE
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Php 597,656
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Badel Watch
6
BE
Zenith Grande Class 03.0520.685 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Zenith Grande Class 03.0520.685 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Php 139,955
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Crown & Caliber
5
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Zenith 03.0526.4000/21.R642
Zenith 03.0526.4000/21.R642
Php 368,015
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JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Zenith Port Royal Open Concept Chronograph Titanium 95.0550.40...
Zenith Port Royal Open Concept Chronograph Titanium 95.0550.40...
Php 232,008
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Zenith Silhouette
Zenith Silhouette
Php 52,340
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Gioielleria Antonio Pezzuto
 
IT
Zenith El Primero Original 1969
Zenith El Primero Original 1969
Php 227,096
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HJ jewelers
 
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Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Limited Edition
Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Limited Edition
Php 514,928
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Temporis Aeterni
 
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Zenith El primero Chronomaster 36´000vph
Zenith El primero Chronomaster 36´000vph
Php 333,667
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Paul Koppenwallner GmbH
 
AT
Zenith Rainbow
Zenith Rainbow
Php 212,631
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
122
DE
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic
Php 485,256
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Badel Watch
6
BE
Zenith Flyback Chronomaster 03.1250.4009/01C49GB Watch with...
Zenith Flyback Chronomaster 03.1250.4009/01C49GB Watch with...
Php 295,753
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Crown & Caliber
5
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Zenith Ref. 0305104002/01C492
Zenith Ref. 0305104002/01C492
Php 318,946
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JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Zenith Defy Classic Elite Power Reserve 03.0516.685 Ivory...
Zenith Defy Classic Elite Power Reserve 03.0516.685 Ivory...
Php 184,476
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Zenith El Primero
Zenith El Primero
Php 221,576
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Prestons
 
UK
Zenith El Primero Pilot/Diver Automatik Chronograph ca. 1973
Zenith El Primero Pilot/Diver Automatik Chronograph ca. 1973
Php 278,056
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Matthias Wohne Uhrmachermeister
5
DE
Zenith Donna oro
Zenith Donna oro
Php 122,345
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GIOIELLERIA MARCELLI DI MARCELLI STEFANIA
14
IT
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Rolling Stones Edition
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Rolling Stones Edition
Php 588,758
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Paul Koppenwallner GmbH
 
AT
Zenith Defy Classic Open Chrono Gangreserve
Zenith Defy Classic Open Chrono Gangreserve
Php 284,598
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
122
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT
Php 366,903
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Badel Watch
6
BE
Zenith Captain 03.2143.691/01.C498 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Zenith Captain 03.2143.691/01.C498 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Php 203,330
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Crown & Caliber
5
US
Zenith 03.0516.685/21.M516
Zenith 03.0516.685/21.M516
Php 289,505
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JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Zenith Heritage Cairelli  Cronometro Tipo CP-2 (Limited Edition)
Zenith Heritage Cairelli Cronometro Tipo CP-2 (Limited Edition)
Php 386,007
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Istock LTD
57
LV
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero 42mm Mens Watch 51.2080.400/69....
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Zenith Chronomaster El Primero 42mm Mens Watch 51.2080.400/69....
Php 300,771
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Watch Noble
9
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Zenith A386
Zenith A386
Php 1,258,098
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A Collected Man
7
UK
Zenith Respirator
Zenith Respirator
Php 75,239
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GIOIELLERIA MARCELLI DI MARCELLI STEFANIA
14
IT
Zenith Academy 950 Platinum Gray Automatic 40.2210.8804S/98.C630
Zenith Academy 950 Platinum Gray Automatic 40.2210.8804S/98.C630
Php 7,851,792
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
36
HK
Zenith Elite Automatico Oro
Zenith Elite Automatico Oro
Php 255,157
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Gioielleria Oreficeria Orologeria Laboratorio Luccini Ivano
 
IT
Zenith El Primero Synopsis
Zenith El Primero Synopsis
Php 355,061
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Badel Watch
6
BE
Zenith Vintage 1965 03.1965.670/91 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Zenith Vintage 1965 03.1965.670/91 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
Php 113,548
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Crown & Caliber
5
US
Zenith 03.0520.4010/21.C580
Zenith 03.0520.4010/21.C580
Php 392,549
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JOYERÍA TACTOC
 
ES
Zenith El Primero Skeleton Tribute To Rolling Stones
Zenith El Primero Skeleton Tribute To Rolling Stones
Php 543,026
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Istock LTD
57
LV
Zenith , Pvd-coated Titanium Wristwatch With Date, Power...
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Zenith , Pvd-coated Titanium Wristwatch With Date, Power...
Php 67,278
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Sotheby´s
 
Zenith S.58 Diver's Vintage Sport watch
Zenith S.58 Diver's Vintage Sport watch
Php 476,951
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A Collected Man
7
UK
Zenith Royal Museum
Zenith Royal Museum
Php 78,510
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GIOIELLERIA MARCELLI DI MARCELLI STEFANIA
14
IT
Zenith Academy 950 Platinum Blue Manual Wind 40.2211.8804/91.C714
Zenith Academy 950 Platinum Blue Manual Wind 40.2211.8804/91.C714
Php 8,089,554
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
36
HK
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
Php 441,618
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TimeKeeping
 
FR
Zenith Captain Central Second
Zenith Captain Central Second
Php 254,437
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Badel Watch
6
BE
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Precision and High Performance since 1865

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.
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.