1960s Ref. A386 El Primero: Best Zenith Chronograph Ever Made?
October 05, 20211 min read
One of the most well-loved brands amongst watch enthusiasts, Zenith is best known for its precision and supreme craftsmanship.
In 1969, after more than seven years of research and development, Zenith got quite a record introducing the El Primero’s Calibre 3019 PHC, the first automatic, high-frequency, chronograph movement.
The lowest production serial numbers can be found on the casebacks of the Ref. A386, making it the very first El Primero Chronograph. The “Mk1” mark is the first production batch ever manifactured with <500 pieces estimated, and only few of them survived so far.
The first thing you notice by wearing this exclusive timepiece is how elegant and sportive can be at the same time. The stainless steel case shape and its reduced thickness makes it wearable at any occasion. Instantly recognisable by its tri-colour dial, this A386 has been remarkably well preserved.
By all means a remarkable timepiece, the present example is sure to delight the most discerning watch connoisseurs.