A movement well-known to collectors beats at the heart of the latest Zenith watch: Caliber 410. Zenith has now officially unveiled this caliber which was first launched 1969 — in a 500-piece limited series bearing the same name. Yes, 1969 is the same year that the original El Primero automatic chronograph caliber (the “3019 PHC”) was also launched. In fact the Zenith Caliber 410 was a variation of the El Primero — the Caliber 410 was first known as the El Primero “3019 PHF” — with a triple calendar and moonphase indications. Steadily perpetuated over the years (the 410 dropped out of production in 2000, perhaps not coincidentally this is about the same time as when Zenith started down the road to some awful watch designs
and almost successfully ran itself into oblivion until it righted course with new leadership in 2010-ish), it now appears in a form bridging past and present.
Zenith El Primero 410
Limited edition 500 pieces
42mm x 12.75mm steel case, automatic mechanical Zenith Caliber 410 (column wheel chronograph, 5Hz/36,600 vph)
The days and months sit just above the sub-dials at 10 and 2 o’clock respectively and the date sits between 4 and 5 o’clock. Merging into the hour subdial at 6 o’clock is the moonphase. The dial is busy but true to the original design layout.
The snailed subs and moonphase do look very nice though:
The caliber itself is absolutely gorgeous. And I love those round chrono pushers. All in all, a solid limited edition offering from Zenith. This watch will price around $11,000 I believe. Not bad considering that in 2012 Zenith paid $40,500 at auction to purchase a 1970 model for its archives.
The brand continues to do a good job of making great watches and staying close to its historical DNA. More exciting watches from Zenith to come in 2014!
Did You Know?
While one man took a small step that proved a giant leap for mankind by walking on the moon, Zenith did much the same for watchmaking that same year. After seven years of research, the Manufacture presented El Primero, the first ever integrated automatic chronograph, also equipped with a date and a tachometric scale.