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REVIEW: Zenith El Primero Chronographs - 42 mm vs. 38 mm

April 10, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | REVIEWS, Zenith

Zenith El Primero Chronographs: 42 mm vs. 38 mm

The first automatic chronograph

As you may have already read, the longstanding claim that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph has recently been disproven after facts came to light that actually show Louis Moinet’s invention 5 years earlier (1816) was truly the first chronograph. Needless to say, the history of the chronograph is not a clear cut subject, and the history of the first automatic chronograph is no less confusing. In fact, it is actually even more confusing, as there are numerous companies who claim to have invented the first (self-winding) chronograph.


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The Zenith Pilot Montre D'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903

January 9, 2014 | Zenith

The Zenith Pilot Montre D'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903

This is a special edition of Zenith’s oversized Pilot watch that pays tribute to the Wright Brothers. It is presented in a 48 mm x 15.80 mm black matte PVD coated titanium case and is powered by caliber 693, a self-winding 4Hz GMT movement.


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The Zenith El Primero 410 Chronograph with Moonphase and Triple Calendar

January 5, 2014 | Zenith

The Zenith El Primero 410 Chronograph with Moonphase and Triple Calendar

Introducing the new Zenith EL Primero 410

This is the new El Primero 410 which combines Zenith’s famous 5Hz chronograph movement, with triple calendar and moon phase complications and a new silver-toned dial. The case dimensions are the same as the current 42 mm Zenith El Primero’s except, this is slightly thinner at 12.75 mm. The case is steel with a mixture or brushed and mirror policed surfaces. It comes with box-shaped crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The new EL Primero 410 has a beautiful new silver-toned sunray finished dial, with snailed finished contrasting subsidiary dials. (While the silver-toned dial is all new, the watch was already released in slate grey dial (pictured below) earlier this year.


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Hands-On with the Zenith El Primero 36'000 VPH in Steel

November 24, 2013 | Hands-On, Zenith

Hands-On with the Zenith El Primero 36'000 VPH in Steel

This is a brief Hands-On look at Zenith El Primero 36’000 VPH in stainless steel. The 42 mm by 12.75 mm stainless steel case features alternating polished and brushed surfaces. On the wrist, it feels great, and looks smaller than the dimensions suggest. A good thing. Oh, and we are currently testing the 38 mm steel model, so expect a full review soon.


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Hands-On with the Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph (Live Pics)

October 31, 2013 | Hands-On, Zenith

Hands-On with the Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph (Live Pics)

Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chrono

We told you about the new limited edition Zenith El Primero Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph last month. Yesterday, we had our first opportunity to see it in the flesh.

What you notice right away when you pick it up is how light it is. From the titanium components used both on the case and in the movement — to the high-tech case with its ceramized aluminum core and carbon fiber shell — the watch weighs in at only about 45 grams.


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Introducing The Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph Lightweight Limited Edition

September 23, 2013 | Zenith

Introducing The Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph Lightweight Limited Edition

Zenith has just announced a very interesting new limited edition El Primero, the Lightweight Striking 10th Chronograph. In addition to the very sporty looking case and openworked dial, a significant number of enhancements have been made to decrease the overall weight of the watch.


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