In the 1960s, the Zenith brand, with its discreet charm and impeccable mechanics, was called "doctors, teachers and lawyers' watches", hinting at a regular clientele from the boring middle class, while new psychedelic values were coming into fashion.
I must say, few brands have managed to remain so bravely loyal to their audience, despite the change of epochs and priorities. And today, for a young businessman, lawyer or any successful professional, Zenith watches are the best choice in terms of price, quality, design and reputation.
Only one question remains to be solved: which Zenith to choose? Chronomaster, equipped with the legendary El Primero chronograph caliber, or vintage Pilot Type XX with the equally famous Elite mechanism.
The story of El Primero hardly needs to be repeated once again. The caliber appeared in 1969 at the end of the "battle of chronographs" of Swiss manufacturers, becoming the first serial automatic mechanism with a balance operating at a frequency of 36,000 pcs / hour, and capable of measuring segments up to 1/10 of a second. By the way, as it is not difficult to calculate, next year El Primero will celebrate the venerable half-century anniversary, so it's time to look forward to what the company is preparing for this date.
Meanwhile, the Chronomaster El Primero Open in a steel case is by far the best combination of all the advantages of the mechanism and design. The classic "tricolor" dial immediately reminds of the original Zenith El Primero model of 1969, but in a different color scheme: white 30-minute and blue 12-hour counters are clearly outlined on a stylish anthracite background.
The central second hand of the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open chronograph 03.2040.4061/23.C496 is highlighted in red. The traditional side seconds hand at the "9 o'clock" mark has turned into a large textured window on the dial, through which you can see not only the seconds indicator in the form of three blade arrows, but also the most important value of the El Primero 4061 mechanism - the speed balance and silicon anchor wheel. By the way, with the exception of small innovations like silicon, the El Primero 4061 is the direct heir of the very first caliber El Primero 400 and has retained many of its authentic features.
You can see this by turning the case over and looking through the sapphire back cover of the watch. The proprietary skeletonized winding rotor with a blued Zenith star allows you to examine in detail the operation of all elements of the chronograph mechanism with a column wheel.