Hands-on Review: Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition

Hands-on Review: Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition

In 1969, Zenith announced the dispatch of the primary completely integrated, high-frequency, programmed chronograph movement. Codenamed 3019 PHC, this movement was renamed “El Primero”, which means “the first” in Spanish (you can read the complete history of the Zenith El Primero here ). More than 50 years later, this movement is as yet one of the columns in Zenith’s creation and one of the main chronograph movements in watchmaking history. The principal El Primero Chronograph manufactured in 1969, the El Primero A386, was characterized by three auxiliary dials in blue, light dark and anthracite, a normal format in numerous El Primero chronograph models additionally before long. A year ago, Zenith discovered an old prototype dial that, instead of these three tones, used three shades of blue. It was presumably designed in those early days as an alternative to the A386’s dial however never brought to market until May of this current year, when the Swiss brand launched the Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition. After our presentation article , we at long last had the likelihood to spend a few days with this model and we are currently delighted to share our live pictures and impressions. The watch comes in a 38 mm stainless steel case that is the dependable reproduction of the A386 model from 1969. Indeed, to preserve the exact extents, the blueprints of the first were used.  Thanks to its diameter and ergonomically-shaped hauls, the watch sits nicely on wrists of any size (the wrist in our pictures is 18cm/7in). Equipped with siphon style pushers, the case has a very dainty bezel that leaves space to the iridescent white-lacquered dial characterized by a 3-6-9 design (30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock).  The curved glass with amplifying effect, the tachymeter scale on the outer ring, the date aperture at 4:30, the text style, the hour-markers and the shape of the hands, including the red sweep seconds chronograph hand, are altogether respectful of the original.  The applied indexes and the hours, minutes and central seconds hands are treated with white Super-LumiNova for enhanced legibility in helpless light conditions.  The dark scale around the hour markers features 100 graduations because the El Primero movement is capable of tenth-of-a-second measurement. Truth be told, this legendary movement beats at a cadence of 5 Hz or 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 per seconds). The El Primero chronographic capacities are controlled by a wheel with large teeth called section wheel. Easily recognizable through the sapphire gem case-back for its blue tone, it controls the chronograph levers as indicated by the impulses received (start and stop with the pusher at 2 o’clock, reset with the one at 4 o’clock). The segment wheel contributes to more accurate and precise usefulness – noticeable through the smooth impulse when controlling the pushers. Equipped with a ballbearing-mounted and open-worked wavering weight decorated with a “Côtes de Genève” pattern, this 278-section segment wheel chronograph caliber guarantees over 50 hours of power reserve. The Zenith star is a recurring element. It tends to be found on the dial, the crown, the swaying weight and the steel pin buckle securing the croc leather lash to the wrist. Delivered in a special bundling, mirroring a book that can be displayed on a bookshelf and bearing a blueprint of the Zenith manufacture on its cover, the watch is water resistant to 50 meters/165 feet. One of the most notable chronographs ever designed now available with a new dial rendition of great appeal, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition ref. 03.Z386.400/60.C843 is a watch of sure prestige, with a manufacture movement ensuring exactness and reliability. Reasonably priced, especially when compared to the overall quality, this model retails at Euro 8,800 (counting VAT)/US$ 8,700 (before nearby sales taxes). zenith-watches.com