Category Archives: Zenith

In The Shop Introducing The Zenith El Primero Original For HODINKEE

Afew months ago, HODINKEE announced its very first collaborative wristwatch, the Legacy Machine 101 in stainless steel, made with the creative minds at MB&F. The response to this watch – a casual tweak to one of high watchmaking’s most impressive products – was remarkable, with all 10 pieces selling within the first five hours after launch.… Read More »

Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Celebrates the Brand’s 150th Anniversary

In 1865, 22-year-old Georges Favre-Jacot founded his watch manufacture in Le Locle, giving birth to the watch brand we know today as Zenith. To mark Zenith’s 150th anniversary in 2014, the brand launched the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot, a limited-edition timepiece featuring a rare and ancient complication. A special occasion deserves a special timepiece, and Zenith… Read More »

Reviewing Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic Hands-On Watch

When the watch craze begun for me, somewhere in the 1990’s, I met with a watchmaker (who I became friends with) who had this interest in Zenith’s El Primero chronograph movements. Oh, and gold watches. He showed me his Zenith El Primero Chronomaster with full calendar in gold and I was sold. Every time I… Read More »

Reviewing Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic in Gold

Today I am reviewing the Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic reference 18.2270.4069/01.C498 with El Primero 4069 calibre. This watch is, as the name suggests, part of the Elite collection. This used to be a collection with Elite movements (not an El Primero calibre). Zenith also has a collection called El Primero, which makes it a bit… Read More »

3 Classic Chronograph Movements Watch

1. Zenith El Primero The El Primero was introduced in 1969 and the first two versions were Caliber 3019PHC (with chronograph and date) and Caliber 3019PHF (with triple date, moon-phase, and chronograph).  This first automatic chronograph movement ever is a ‘fast ticker,’ with a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (vph). Most chronographs at the… Read More »

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 3600 vs. Zenith Espada

Two automatic watches with high-frequency movements, the Seiko Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 and Zenith Espada, square off in a battle of the fast-beat balances in a piece by Martina Richter. With photos by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. A fast-beat movement offers an advantage over its lower-frequency rivals: more beats per hour means greater precision. The principle is… Read More »

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze

There are only handful of times when a watch company, especially a big one, listens to watch enthusiasts and re-releases a watch based upon their feedback.  Zenith did just that when it re-released the Type 20 Extra Special edition this year in Basel with an in-house movement and bronze case.  Couple of years ago Zenith… Read More »

Watch Review: Zenith Academy Watch Hands-On

What happened earlier this year, Zenith released their –Jacot Watch Institute, George Favre celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brand. Housed in a classic rose gold case, the purpose of the watch is to draw attention to a bold new movement made, and under the spotlight of its sesame and chain mechanism. This is a… Read More »