Zenith - The New York Watch Auction: SIX New York Saturday, June 11, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Zenith
    Year: 2021
    Reference No: 03.2153.4061
    Movement No: 680’745
    Case No: No. 1/38, 566’926
    Model Name: El Primero Chronomaster "Final Edition"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 4061, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Zenith double deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Zenith International Warranty, Zenith presentation box, three additional dials, two additional leather Zenith straps, Zenith stainless steel bracelet, hang tang, polish cloth leather warranty holder and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Stainless steel chronographs have long been a favourite timepiece within the collecting community due to their rugged, and dependable aesthetic, as well as easily moving from casual settings to formal. Early chronographs were manually wound, however in the late 1960s, both Zenith and Heuer introduced automatic chronograph movements. In 1969, Zenith released their first such movement with the “El Primero”, which is still celebrated for its innovation with an extraordinary high frequency of 36,000 beats per hour, ensuring outstanding timekeeping performance. The movement became so well-known for its quality, that Rolex used it as the base for their first automatic chronograph, the Daytona reference 16520 released in 1988.

    The “El Primero” was launched with two models: the A386 in stainless steel and the G381 in 18k yellow gold. Both shared similar aesthetics, most notably a 37.5mm case featuring wide, faceted lugs, as well as pump pushers. Each inaugural “El Primero” model had a distinct dial with the steel example having overlapping tricolor registers, and the yellow gold model with a classical “panda” dial of black registers on a white face.

    The present watch, the Chronomaster Final Edition, is a limited edition re-creation of the original released in 2021, with the announcement that Zenith planned to discontinue the 38mm diameter case size. Number 1 of 38 timepieces, the watch is the first in the series, and retains the iconic design of the original models. Furthermore, clearly a special example, it includes three additional dials with subtle variations giving the owner a total four different options. To our knowledge, this is the only example of the limited edition to include additional dials. Featuring the non-date automatic caliber 4061 with 50 hour power reserve, this lot is in unworn condition and complete with a stainless steel bracelet, three straps, and all of its accessories. Zenith’s “El Primero” is an icon amongst chronograph wristwatches, and this final edition is a wonderful tribute to the original 1969 model.

  • Artist Biography


    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.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 03.2153.4061
An unworn limited edition stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with warranty, additional dials, hang tag, and presentation box, number 1 of 38

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$5,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $21,420

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022