EL PRIMERO Chronomaster 1969

EL PRIMERO Chronomaster 1969

The new El Primero Chronomaster 1969 chronograph is a concentrated blend of Zenith’s genetic heritage: the historical colours of the first El Primero chronograph are associated for the first time with the emblematic dial opening revealing the beating heart of the movement – the signature of the Manufacture Zenith. An authentic summary of the brand DNA.

Zenith made its mark on watchmaking history by presenting the first integrated automatic chronograph movement in 1969. The world’s most accurate mechanical series-made calibre – beating at a frequency of 10 vibrations per second and thus capable of measuring 1/10ths of a second – gave rise to the legendary El Primero chronograph. The unprecedented mechanical accomplishment was not the only distinguishing element of the chronograph presented over 40 years ago by the Manufacture Zenith. In 1969, when the trend strongly favoured monochrome dials, the El Primero model also stood out by its multi-hued dial featuring three counters in different colours and a red sweep seconds chronograph hand for enhanced readability. Having lost nothing of their effectiveness, these same colour codes are highlighted on the new El Primero Chronomaster 1969 chronograph: the two 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively feature the same colours as the original 1969 El Primero model: midnight blue for the former and anthracite for the latter.
The dial opening revealing the beating heart of an exceptional movement is another characteristic Zenith innovation. This signature which has become inseparable from the brand with the star logo is now associated for the first time with the colour codes of the original 1969 chronograph. Above and beyond the aesthetic effect, further reinforced by the silver-toned inner bezel ring secured by three blued screws, this opening provides fascinating glimpses of the perfectly synchronised beating and the magic of the gear trains of what is now unanimously regarded as “the world’s best series-produced movement”.
To achieve optimal visibility of this heart in motion, the Zenith movement design engineers and watchmakers have entirely rethought the construction of the calibre and shifted the regulating organ – and its 10 vibrations per second – to 10 o’clock, on the periphery of the movement.
This Chronomaster 1969 model houses a new automatic chronograph movement entirely developed, fine-tuned and produced in-house, El Primero Calibre 4061. Like all El Primero movements, it beats at the exceptional frequency of 10 vibrations per second (or 36,000 vibrations per hour) and can thereby measure 1/10ths of a second. This new chronograph movement with an approximately 50-hour power reserve comprises 282 parts and features meticulous finishes, visible in particular through the famous dial opening.
The new El Primero Chornomaster 1969 displays the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, as well as the chronograph function with a central sweep seconds hand along with 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 6 o’clock respectively.
The new El Primero Chronomaster 1969 chronograph comes with a 42 mm-diameter steel case that is water-resistant to 100 metres and equipped with vintage-style round pushbuttons. It is available on a black alligator leather strap complete with steel buckle.

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