A Time Capsule For The Wrist: Zenith's Untouched 1969 El Primero Chronograph

A Time Capsule For The Wrist: Zenith's Untouched 1969 El Primero Chronograph

13 Dec 2023 |
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Zenith has uncovered an exceedingly rare timepiece from its archives - an untouched 1969 El Primero "A384" chronograph, preserved in original condition for over 50 years. Now, it is being offered exclusively through Zenith's online store as part of the watchmaker's "Zenith: Icons" vintage re-issue program.

El Primero "A384" chronograph

The A384 holds historical significance as one of the original El Primero chronograph references launched by Zenith in 1969. It was the face of the revolutionary new high-frequency automatic chronograph movement that would shake up the watch industry. With its stainless steel "square barrel" case, panda dial, Zenith star logo, and red chronograph hands, the A384 embodied the sporty, modern aesthetic of a new era in watchmaking.

This particular A384 example hails from one of the last production runs in 1972. In extraordinarily untouched condition, it still has its original varnish on the unpolished case. The full set includes the original strap, tags, box, and manual - a time capsule unchanged by time.

El Primero "A384" chronograph Box

By sourcing, restoring, and guaranteeing rare vintage pieces, Zenith's "Icons" project contributes to a circular economy, giving iconic watches a new sustainable life. For collectors, it also provides peace of mind that every part, from the case to the calibre, is original Zenith-restored and certified.

El Primero "A384" chronograph Caseback

As a seminal reference that pioneered the world's first automatic high-beat chronograph, the unmatched rarity of this new-old-stock A384 makes it the crown jewel of Zenith's Vintage collection. Like finding an antique car with zero miles on the odometer, this watch is a portal into watchmaking's past - now revived for the present to be enjoyed for generations yet to come.