Founded in 1865 Zenith have a long history of fine horology, including the El Primero chronograph movement.

The Australian Watch Forum's first collaboration watch

Editor's note: The Australian Watch Forum has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months, tripling its membership to 9000 members. Based on Facebook, their presence has been felt well outside of social media, with regular meet-ups and get-togethers in major cities across Australia. Here's a throwback to Cam's nod to their first venture with a big watch brand, when they partnered with Zenith last year to release a bronzed-case Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, featuring a special…

HANDS-ON: The defiant one – Zenith's El Primero Defy 21 Carbon

In the early years of the 21st century, Zenith was a brand that looked to the past — honouring their iconic El Primero in its original guise, and taking flights of nostalgic fancy with its Pilot's collection. All fine watches, but comfortable takes on familiar forms. In 2017, the brand abruptly changed direction, with a thoroughly modern iteration of an old name — Defy — taking centre stage. One of the pillars of this new Zenith vision was the El…

The history of the Zenith El Primero – 6 moments that defined one of the most important movements in watchmaking 

It's hard to overstate the importance of the Zenith El Primero. The movement, an elegant, high-beat column-wheel chronograph, is impressive enough. It's even more impressive when you factor in that this miniature engineering feat was the first automatic chronograph to be presented as a working prototype — after seven long years of development. Just as important — or perhaps even more important — is the staying power of the El Primero. It's been in near continuous production, and is still…

INTRODUCING: Why the Zenith El Primero A384 Revival is one of the best reissues of 2019

This year, Zenith is lucky enough to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the El Primero automatic chronograph, which is being marked with the release of the Zenith El Primero A384 Revival. This is a very cool watch for a number of reasons, but first, let's look back a half century. The birth of the El Primero It was an important year in the history of watchmaking, as in 1969 the first ever quartz watch was released, as well as the…

HANDS-ON: The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 – not your average chronograph

The Defy is playing an increasingly important role in Zenith's lineup — offering a modern alternative to the Pilot's line that has dominated the discussion for so long. And there's a lot to like about it — modern style with a hint of retro flavour. And while the Defy spans the spectrum from accessible to ultra high-end, the watch we're looking at today — the Zenith Defy El Primero 21 — sits neatly in the middle, adding a quintessentially Zenith…

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