Zenith replica launches the long-awaited Chronomaster Original
Zenith Chronomaster Original: Few watches are as influential as Zenith A386. It debuted in 1969 and was one of the first steel watches equipped with the iconic El Primero movement. This is the world’s first automatic high-frequency integration Chronograph movement. More than 50 years later, El Primero remains the benchmark for the accuracy of automatic chronograph movements, giving way to new versions and iterations.
Chronomaster Original retains the design of the A386 while incorporating the performance of the 21st century version of El Primero. Possess 1/10 second precision and time measurement.
Zenith Chronomaster original design inspiration
The 38mm round frameless steel case with raised dome crystals, pumped chronograph buttons, multi-faceted lugs, and a mixture of radially brushed and polished surfaces is indistinguishable between past and current models. The stainless steel bracelet has been redesigned to abandon the open “staircase” design of the 1960s, and the solid links use the same ornate chamfers and decorations as the case.
Dial design and tachymeter scale update
There is no doubt that the most visually distinctive design element of the A386 is its dial. Its unique aesthetic language includes the iconic grey and blue tri-color chronograph, the 04:30 trapezoidal date window and the red chronograph second hand. All these designs are passed on to Chronomaster Original, and some minor updates have been made.
The black inner scale surrounds the dial of the A386. Use it once to spend 1/100 of the working time to calculate the first hour of the time division system. I found the original new purpose of ChronoMaster with its 1/10 second chronograph hands within 10 seconds. One revolution around the dial, a total of 100 measurable time units. On the outer circumference of the dial on the modern tachymeter scale, a 1/10 second chronograph scale takes its place, allowing the measurement and reading of the elapsed time of the second precise fraction. And one second after the 10th instant, accurate reading, the paddle-shaped second hand of the original A386 has been replaced by a straight red-painted hand. The logo has also been updated to a more modern script that Zenith uses today.
Equipped with El Primero 3600 movement
Chronomaster Original is equipped with the latest version of El Primero movement, called El Primero 3600. With a high frequency of 5 Hz (36’000 VpH), this movement allows the wearer to measure 1/10 second. Through the sapphire case back, you can see that the new structure adopts a more fashionable and open design, revealing the blue column wheel and the open rotor marked with the five-pointed star Zenith.
In addition to the iconic steel model with a three-color dial configuration, Chronomaster Original also offers two other versions: a steel case with a “reverse panda” black dial and silver chronograph, and an 18k rose gold model with a three-color dial. chrono4usale.co