Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition

Reference #: 03.Z386.400/60.C843

8,700 USD
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A treasure found in the attic of the Zenith manufacture gives live to the Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition

The Story behind the Revival

Zenith CEO Julien Tornare went online to present the Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition during the Corona Virus lockdown.

The story starts in 1975 when Zenith management decides to stop production of the El Primero, as the quartz movement was threatening mechanical watchmaking. Charles Vermot, one of the original watchmakers who worked on the El Primero, took it upon himself to save the El Primero in the hope that one day, Zenith would bring it back. Keeping his plans secret, Vermot hid all the El Primero’s plans and components in a walled-off section in the attic of the Zenith Manufacture.

In November 2018, Zenith made a magnificent find in the now-famous attic, a small box containing slightly rusty and very dusty El Primero dials that had never been seen before. The sub-dials did not feature the 3 El Primero colors we all know but 3 different shades of blue. Zenith took the decision to create a new special edition – the Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition.

The Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition

To bring this prototype to life, it was only appropriate that Zenith produces it as a Revival piece, using the original blueprints for the A386 from 1969.  The dial dimensions are identical to the original A386 El Primero, as is the 38mm stainless steel case with pump-style pushers. Beating inside is the same movement it would have had if it had been produced in 1969, the El Primero high-frequency automatic chronograph with column wheel.

This watch was planned to only be available to purchase when you were visiting the Zenith manufacture. Because of the current situation, this exclusive timepiece will be available to buy online until the manufacture reopens.

 


Features

The Basics

Dial

Case

Strap

Functions

  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Chronograph
  • Date
  • Small Seconds
  • Tachymeter

Special Features

  • Water resistance 50m/5 bar

The Brand

Zenith

Zenith was founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, who was one of the first visionaries to unite all the watchmaking professions under one roof into what we now call a manufacture. In 1899 he invented the first pocket chronograph and in 1900 he won the gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition. Zenith is probably best known for its 1969 El Primero movement that measured time to the nearest 1/10th of a second. More recently, the brand has taken time measurement to the extreme with the launch of its Defy El Primero 21 and Defy Lab with time measurement divided into the 1/100th of a second.


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