The story goes that Zenith uncovered a small box in the attic of the manufacture that contained a series of El Primero dials including a never-before-seen version with three different shades of blue. Likely hidden there by Zenith legend Charles Vermot during the quartz crisis, it is assumed the dial was a prototype for the original A386 launched in 1969. Of course, given the discovery story and how beautiful the dial was, Zenith couldn’t help but make a re-edition for it in 2020. The watch was originally intended to be offered exclusively to visitors of the manufacture, but has been made available through their e-commerce website throughout the pandemic and continues to be offered there for collectors who want to own a modern piece of Zenith’s history. In keeping with the theme, the watch is housed inside a gorgeous special edition box with a pattern that mimics blueprints of the manufacture.
Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition
El Primero 400B
Zenith navy alligator strap with tang buckle
Max Wrist Size:
Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in
UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.
MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.
EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.
VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.
GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.
Case: The case shows minimal signs of wear with only a few faint hairlines, the most notable of which is on the bezel at 12 o’clock. The case is clean and sharp with its original brushed lugs and polished case sides. The case back also shows a few hairlines and some very shallow marks on the lugs, presumably from a strap change.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The dial and hands are in perfect condition with no imperfections. Both front and rear crystals are clean and scratch-free.
Bracelet/Strap: The blue alligator strap shows practically no signs of wear. There is no staining or fraying and the strap has a full life left to give.
Functions: All functions including the crown winding, time setting, date setting, and chronograph start/stop/reset are working as expected.
Service History: Unknown.