First introduced on the Zenith / Range Rover collaboration limited edition, ceramicised aluminium is obtained by chemically depositing a ceramic oxide layer on the aluminium surface. The ceramicised aluminium case is now part of the regular collection with this new pair of El Primero “Panda” chronographs, both with 42mm case diameter and the high-beat El Primero calibre 400B (36,000 beats per hour) inside. The dial layout is characteristic of the 42mm El Primero with the date at 6 o’clock and the overlapping hours counter. Available with a “Panda” silver dial featuring black sub-dials (ref. 24.2041.400/01.R576), or with the colors inverted (ref. 24.2041.400/21.R576), the El Primero in black ceramicised aluminium is priced at $8,600. Great watch!
Did You Know?
The first El Primero chronograph was released in 1969. Its prominence stems from its automatic high-beat chronograph caliber (36,000 beats per hour) which represented a crucial step forward in watchmaking history. The El Primero was not only used by Zenith, but was also adopted by Ebel and Rolex in the 1980s and 1990s. To this day, it still remains the core of Zenith and an iconic advance in watchmaking.