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Zenith El Primero Flyback Two-Tone Chronograph

SFr. 4,490.00

"Royal blue and golden masterpiece"

1997

About the Watch

While automatic movements for “solo-tempo” or three-hand watches started becoming popular in the 1940s and 1950s, no automatic chronograph movements had been manufactured yet. In 1962, Zenith began developing the idea of creating the first automatic chronograph in watchmaking history with the ambition to launch it in 1965, on occasion of the centenary of the Manufactury. Instead of considering the easier option to add a chronograph module to a base movement, Zenith had a more ambitious plan: the chronograph function had to be fully integrated within the mechanism and actuated by a column wheel rather than by an easier-to-implement cam. And to make things even more challenging, the beating frequency of the chronograph had to be high enough to make it the most accurate chronograph wristwatch in the world measuring 1/10th of a second. A relatively small size and a date indication were additional specifications. With all these requirements, the bar was raised so high that the project could not be completed in time for the centenary in 1965 but it required four more years. In 1969, at a press conference held on January the 10th, Zenith announced the imminent launch of the first fully integrated, high-frequency, automatic chronograph movement. Codenamed 3019 PHC, this movement was renamed “El Primero”, which means “the first” in Spanish.

About the Brand

Whether exponents of the more artistic crafts or of ultra-technical skills, all are engaged in the task undertaken by Georges Favre-Jacot 150 years ago: that of mastering each gesture to enable free-spirited creation of mechanical marvels combining noble watchmaking traditions with avant-garde innovations. Famed for its legendary 1969 El Primero calibre enabling short-time measurements accurate to the nearest 1/10th of a second, Zenith has since developed over 600 movement variations. In this third millennium, based on this same DNA, but with renewed energy, the brand has blazed the trail for fascinating new vistas in time measurement with the launch of the Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Lab. The former opened the world of hundredth of a second timing, a quantum leap in terms of performance and engineering, impressively combining the historic heritage of Zenith with the future of watchmaking; while the latter, winner of the Innovation Prize at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, challenged the very foundations of traditional watchmaking with the most accurate mechanical watch ever made. Energised by newly reinforced ties with a proud tradition of dynamic, avant-garde thinking, Zenith is writing its future… and the future of Swiss watchmaking

Reference: 15/53-0470-400
Diameter: 38mm
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bezel Material: Stainless Steel, 18ct. Gold Plated
Case Back Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Royal Blue
Indexes: Print and Applied
Features: Chronograph, Date, Small-Second
Dial Handstyle: Lancette Hands
Movement Type: Automatic Movement
Caliber: 400
Base Caliber: 400
Power Reserve: 50h
Frequency: 36.000A/h
Number Of Stones: 31
Strap Material: Stainless Steel (Original)
Clasp Type: Deployment Clasp
Clasp Material: Stainless Steel (Original)
Wrist Circumference: - 18cm

Watches with metal or precious metal straps often have a fixed length. To make sure that the watch fits you, measure the circumference of your wrist using our template and compare it with the information under "Strap".

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In case it does not fit, please contact us shortly. Each band can be customized, which we will gladly do for you.

14d Functional Warranty
Your vintage watch comes with a two weeks functional warranty. You can extend your warranty to one year by buying an additional service. Click here if you would like to extend your warranty to 1 year.

Customer Service

We work with a reputable and insured delivery partner to ensure that your parcel is dispatched the following business day after receipt of payment. On average, our clients within Europe can expect to receive their package within 2-5 business days, while those outside of Europe can anticipate a delivery time of 2-8 business days, depending on the carrier.

In short, we’re not that difficult when it comes to returns and exchanges. We firmly stand behind our products and do our utmost best to ensure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. You have the right to return your purchase within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the product and there’s no need to tell us why. If you wish to return your item, simply let us know and we will arrange a collection. Once returned to us, we will reimburse the relevant amount ras voucher for zrhbrg.ch, including the costs of delivery and excluding the return costs.

The authenticity of your watch is guaranteed by our qualified and licensed watchmakers based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Every watch is covered by a working guarantee.

In addition, you can have the watch fully serviced before delivery , in which case we give you a 1-year functional guarantee. The warranty is worldwide valid. This will enable you to receive assistance regardless of your country of residence.

Personal taste can evolve. To ensure the right fit, you can trade in your watch purchased on Zurichberg anytime and upgrade to a new timepiece. Your personal timepiece can thereby evolve with you along your journey through life.

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We create an immutable and unforgeable digital passport for your watch bought on Zurichberg.

The passport proofs authenticity and your rightful ownership. Your digital asset is stored on the Interplanetary File System (IPFS), a highly secure distributed ledger.

5 Reasons for Vintage

Nowadays, many high-quality watches are mass-produced. Vintage watches were often made in very small series with skilled craftsmanship instead of robots.

Watches that only a few wearReason Nr. 1

In earlier eras, watches were designed to last forever, including the components. There is no such thing as obsolescence. That is what we consider quality at Zurichberg.

Quality that endures generationsReason Nr. 2

Today, only a few watch manufacturers can afford to launch polarising products and therefore produce watches that are aesthetically pleasing to all.

Polarizing and characteristic designsReason Nr. 3

Vintage watches are overall cheaper than new watches. This is because new watches fulfill the essential financial objectives for the manufacturers, whereas vintage watches are financially "depreciated", so to speak.

Value for MoneyReason Nr. 4

We believe that in order to move towards a more sustainable future, it is absolutely necessary and logical to develop a sense for the quality of the past and to reuse products instead of producing new ones.

Longevity that feels greatReason Nr. 5
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Certified Original

The authenticity of your watch is guaranteed by our qualified and licensed watchmakers based in Zurich, Switzerland. You will get a digital twin of your watch with all key data.

Ticking correctly

Your watch comes in perfect working condition or completely revised – you can choose the service level.

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