Swiss • 1865
Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements to this day.
Today, the brand is best known for the "El Primero," the firm's most successful automatic chronograph movement. In an interesting twist of fate, the company that owned Zenith during the 1970s decided to move on to quartz movements and therefore sought to destroy the parts and tools necessary to make mechanical movements. One watchmaker realized this folly and hid the tools and parts before they were destroyed. In 1984, he returned them to Zenith so they could once again make the El Primero movement.
One of just twenty yellow gold pieces designed by Phillips Watch Department and Zenith, this El Primero Revival A386 sold out in minutes of its launch in Geneva. An unworn example with full accessories it is a unique opportunity to acquire the first collaboration between a brand and a market leading team of watch specialists.
Price £19,000 Ω