Zenith’s El Primero A384 Revival

It’s safe to say that 2019 is a special year for Zenith. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the El Primero caliber—50 years since its introduction in 1969—as well as the anniversary of the first watch to feature the revolutionary movement, the El Primero A384.

That being said, following the highly sought-after El Primero box set that unveiled in January, as well as A386 Revival series in three gold alloys announced during this year’s Baselworld, the A384 Revival will be produced—on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the El Primero—as the final piece of the El Primero Revival series paying tribute to iconic Zenith watches that first used the iconic calibre.

More than just a vintage inspired watch, the Revival is a historically accurate recreation of one of the most emblematic chronographs ever made. With its retro-futuristic styling, timeless proportions and emblematic chronograph calibre, the A384 is the final piece in the El Primero 50th Anniversary Revival series.

Special for the El Primero A384 Revival, Zenith sought to preserve and reproduce just about everything from the original watch by adopting a “reverse engineering“ approach, where every component is faithful to the original A384 from 1969. As the final touch from the brand, the only differences—or rather improvements—are the sapphire crystal instead of an acrylic glass, the display back replacing the solid steel case back, and the latest version of the El Primero 400 chronograph movement, as the culmination of half a century of gradual fine-tuning and perfecting.