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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400 38mm Auto
Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400 38mm Auto stainless steel Case Silver Dial Unisex

Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400 38mm Auto

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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400 38mm Auto stainless steel Case Silver Dial Unisex
Inventory Code: RI502
Availability: In Stock. Free Shipping.
Box / Papers Manufacturers Box and Papers
Observed Rate performs per manufacturer specs
Bracelet Length up to 7.25 inches
Condition Mint
Condition Notes - Looks to be a sized but unused watch with plastics intact. A new watch for most intents and purposes
In 1969, three automatic chronographs were introduced: the Zenith El Primero, the Seiko 6139, and the Caliber 11 (produced in partnership with Heuer, Hamilton/Buren, Dubois-Depraz, and Breitling). To this day, it is disputed as to which of these aforementioned brands launched first.

However, what we can determine is that Zenith produced one of the first two integrated automatic chronographs ever (as the Caliber 11 is a module based chronograph), and Zenith publicly announced their self-winding chronograph before anyone else. So as far as which chronograph was announced first, it was Zenith. And they are true to their name “El Primero” which means The First, in that regard. As far as which chronograph was available commercially first, that is a different story as the Caliber 11 did, in fact, go on sale before the El Primero.

For anyone who loves vintage-inspired watches, the El Primero Original 1969 is a beast. A 38-mm steel case matching the dimensions of the 1969 original; a sunburst silver dial with three-toned subdials; a black minute-counter ring with rhodium-plated hour markers; and, to top it all off, the signature El Primero chronograph seconds counter. This watch echoes tribute with every single one of its 36,000-vph ticks. This reference also uses the historic Caliber 400 movement with a date indicator at the 4:30 position, and is available on either a stainless steel or brown alligator strap.

(credit: professional watches / watchtime)

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