In 2012 Zenith will broaden its popular El Primero Chronomaster line of models with 2 new models, the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 and the El Primero Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon & Sunphase. First let’s take a closer look at the Chronomaster 1969, a watch that reflects both Zenith’s rich heritage and its return to respectable watchmaking in recent years.

As with the original 1969 El Primero model, the 30-minute and 12-hour counters feature the same colours as the original 1969 El Primero model. This watch has a new El Primero movement in the form the Calibre 4061, beating at 36,000vph (higher frequency movement than many). You can also see — and this is a Zenith “first” — a partially cut-away of the dial through the beating heart of the movement can be seen.

This open-heart construction reveals the work of Zenith movement design engineers and watchmakers who redesigned the movement’s escapement to sit at 10 o’clock. The Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Chronograph comes presented on a rubber-lined alligator strap with either pin buckle or optional triple folding clasp.

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