In the earliest days of Zenith’s El Primero chronograph, the groundbreaking model was available in two distinct styles; one with classic round cases and those iconic tri-color sub dials, such as the A386, and the other, like the A384, in more modern, tourneau-shaped cases.
The A3817, which dropped in 1971, brought together both of those elements for the first time but, with only 1,000 pieces, the model remains a rarity.
The Chronomaster Revival A3817 has been reverse-engineered using the original blueprints to “preserve the original proportions and finishes.” Like the original, the new watch features a white lacquered dial and sub dials in shades of grey and blue.
The main difference between the original watch and the new Revival model is a sapphire crystal caseback, which shows off the high-beat 5Hz El Primero automatic chronograph movement inside.
Zenith is offering the Chronomaster Revival A3817 on both a light brown calf leather strap and a recreation of the original stainless steel Gay Frères ladder bracelet.
The Chronomaster Revival A3817 is available now via Zenith, priced $8,400 USD.
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