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Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2080.4021/01.c494 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster -Full Set + Service 10/2019-
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Zenith Manual winding new
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Zenith Pendule neuchâteloise à choix
£472
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Zenith Chrono Or rose Grande Taille 37mm Jumbo
£1,982
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Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.400/69.C494 new United Kingdom, Peebles
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero - NEW 2019
£4,500
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Zenith Rose gold 37mm Automatic Elite pre-owned United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Zenith Elite 37mm 18K Rose Gold Ultra Thin Automatic Watch B&P
£3,500
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Zenith Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 51.2080.4021/01 new
Zenith Chronomaster 51.2080.4021/01.c494
£6,247
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Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.2010.681/01.c493 pre-owned United Kingdom, West Yorkshire
Zenith Elite Ultra Thin 03.2010.681/01.c493
£2,695
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Zenith Steel 48mm Automatic 03.2430.4054/21.C721 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
£5,170
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Zenith Steel 38mm Automatic 03.2150.400/69.C713 new United Kingdom, London
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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 38 mm
£4,523
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744
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Zenith Steel Automatic 03.2270.4069/26.C493 new United Kingdom, London
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic Fume Dial 03.2270.4069/26.C493
£3,150
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Zenith Titanium 41mm Automatic 95.9000.670/78.M9000 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Defy Classic Titanium 41mm Skeleton Date (2019)
£3,950
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155
UK
Zenith Yellow gold 40 mmmm Automatic 30.0241.400 pre-owned
Zenith El Primero Chronograph 18K Gold Box & Papers
£5,126
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375
PL
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2046.400/25.C771 new United Kingdom, Peebles
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Classic Cars - NEW 2019
£4,500
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Zenith Rose gold 40mm Automatic 18.0240.4021 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith 18ct rose gold El Primero Chronomaster (2018 Zenith...
£7,495
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UK
Zenith Bronze 43mm Automatic 29.2240.405-18.C801 new
Zenith Pilot 29.2240.405-18.C801
£4,394
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2011
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Zenith Rose gold 32mm Manual winding Zenith 9k Rose Gold Officers Trench Watch c.1900 pre-owned United Kingdom, West Yorkshire
Zenith Rose Gold Officers Trench Watch
£995
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Zenith Yellow gold 37mm Automatic 35.1125.685/01.C490 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Elite
£4,136
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Zenith Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding 17.1125.650 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Elite HW 18ct Gold
£3,495
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404
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Zenith 36mm Quartz 27.0020.392 pre-owned
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Zenith Triple Date Kalender Mondphase Herrenuhr Ref. 27.0020.3...
£1,275
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2013
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Zenith Aluminum 42mm Automatic 24.2041.400/21.R576 new United Kingdom, London
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
£5,342
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1225
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Zenith Rose gold 37mm Automatic 62.1125.680 pre-owned
Zenith Elite 18k Rose Gold Automatic 37mm
£3,495
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Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 11.2430.4069/21.C773 new United Kingdom, Peebles
Zenith Heritage Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Ton-Up - NEW 2019
£4,750
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UK
Zenith Rose gold Automatic 12.1260.4023 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Grande Chronomaster XXT Open Retrograde - 18.1260.4023
£8,250
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177
UK
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.4061/01.C494 new
Zenith Chronomaster 03.2040.4061/01.C494
£4,997
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2011
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Zenith Rose gold 40mm Automatic 17.0240.410 pre-owned
Zenith 18k Gold El Primero Chronomaster Annual Calendar Moonphase
£6,990
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Zenith Aluminum 42mm Automatic 24.2040.400/27.R796 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover
£5,170
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UK
Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.400/69.C494 new United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero 36000 VpH
£4,650
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Zenith 38mm Automatic 20.0020.435 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr 20.0020.435
£1,603
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2013
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Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2040.400/69.C494 new United Kingdom, London
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
£4,308
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Zenith Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 51.2080.4021/01.C494 pre-owned United Kingdom, Oxford
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Power Reserve 51.2080.4021
£5,295
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175
UK
Zenith Rose gold 39mm Automatic 18.2290.679/18.C498 new
Zenith Elite Classic
£6,099
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DE
Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 01.0240.410 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Moonphase
£3,403
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1033
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Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 51.2081.400/78.C810 new
Zenith Chronomaster 51.2081.400/78.C810
£6,290
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2011
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Zenith Gold/Steel Quartz Zenith new
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Zenith Chronograph quartz
£689
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Zenith Steel 44mm Automatic 03.0520.4100/02.C492 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Chronograph
£4,308
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UK
Zenith Rose gold 40mm Automatic 18.2020.670 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Captain Central Second Elite
£4,995
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Zenith Steel 36.5mm Automatic 01.0420.400 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph Stahl Automatik Herrenuhr...
£1,775
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Zenith Steel 37mm Automatic 03.A384.400/21.C815 new
Zenith El Primero 50th Anniversary A384 Revival
£4,737
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Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.0240.4021 pre-owned United Kingdom, Oxford
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.0240.4021
£2,850
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175
UK
Zenith Yellow gold 34.5mm Automatic pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith 28800 Vintage Gold
£1,175
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168
UK
Zenith Steel 29mm Quartz pre-owned United Kingdom, Plymouth
Zenith Caprice Silver Dial 29mm Stainless Steel 02.0460.296
£650
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UK
Zenith Yellow gold 39mm Automatic 30.0220.400 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero 18K Limited Ed. Chronograph. Box & Papers
£6,950
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Zenith Steel 39mm Automatic A3630 pre-owned
Zenith Sub Sea
£4,308
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Zenith Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 51.2080.400/69.C494 new United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
£5,083
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Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 03.1260.4039 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open
£4,595
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Zenith 36mm Automatic 20-0220-416 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr 20-0220-416
£2,292
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2013
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Zenith 40mm Automatic 18.0240.4021 new
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open T Automatic 18k Gold Mens...
£6,601
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Zenith Steel 42mm Automatic 03.2047.4061 United Kingdom, Oxford
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Cohiba Limited Edition 500
£5,650
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Zenith Steel 38mm Automatic 01.0500.400 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Chronograph
£2,153
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Zenith Steel Chronograph pre-owned
Zenith Rainbow Fly-Back 1865 (C24-125)
£2,990
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Zenith 36mm Automatic 96.0550.4021 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Port Royal Open Concept. With Box.
£3,495
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Zenith Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding pre-owned United Kingdom, Birmingham
Zenith 9CT GENTLEMAN’S WRIST WATCH
£395
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Zenith Rose gold 51mm Automatic 18.0550.400 / 01.C503 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Grande Port Royal El Primero
£7,065
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Zenith Steel 40mm Automatic 03.0510.4021 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero
£2,695
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Zenith Steel 45mm Automatic 03.1260.4021 pre-owned
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Xxt Open Reserve Automatik...
£3,326
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Zenith Steel 47mm Manual winding 03-5010-2562-01M5010    UPC new
Zenith Port Royal Men's Watch
£2,516
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Zenith Steel 37mm Manual winding pre-owned United Kingdom, Waltham St Lawrence
Zenith A279 Cal.146D Chronograph
£2,900
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Zenith Steel Manual winding pre-owned United Kingdom, Andover
Zenith Vintage
£495
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Zenith Yellow gold 40mm Automatic 30.0240.410 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Yellow Gold Moonphase
£6,677
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Zenith Rose gold 37mm Manual winding pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Vintage Men's Chrono Cal.156 from 1950s in 18K Pink Gold
£3,495
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Zenith Titanium 46mm Automatic 96.0528.4035/21.M528 pre-owned
Zenith Defy Xtreme Tourbillon
£19,416
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Zenith Steel 38mm Automatic 03.2150.400 pre-owned United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Zenith El Primero Chronograph Stainless Steel 03.2150.400 - W6550
£4,999
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Zenith Steel 45.5mm Automatic 03.1260.4021 pre-owned United Kingdom, London
Zenith Open El Primero Chronomaster
£2,995
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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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