Released in the summer of 2021, the Chronomaster Original is nearly identical to the vintage A386 El Primero it is inspired by, sharing the same case design, proportions, and dial layout. The primary differences are a series of modern upgrades including the use of a sapphire crystal, Super-LumiNova, an exhibition case back, a high-frequency movement that can measure up to 1/10th of a second, and for this particular reference a new vintage-inspired reverse panda dial with the perfect shade of faux-aged lume. Famed for being one of the first chronographs to use an automatic movement, the historic El Primero in its classic 38mm size is a worthy addition to any watch collection.
El Primero 3600
Zenith stainless steel bracelet
Max Wrist Size:
8 in (16 links)
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 is in fantastic condition and shows absolute minimal signs of wear. There are a couple of micro hairlines to the polished bezel and case sides, and one micro nick to the edge of the lug at 11 o'clock. The caseback is clean and consistent with the rest of the watch. The engravings are sharp and detailed.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The reverse panda dial and white hands are in perfect condition with no imperfections and fully functioning Super-LumiNova. The front and rear sapphire crystals are squeaky clean and scratch-free.
Bracelet/Strap: The Zenith stainless steel bracelet also shows minimal signs of wear. Outside of a few micro hairlines, the only notable imperfections are some minor scuffs on the two links closest to the clasp and on the smaller flip lock clasp.
Functions: All functions including the crown-winding, time-setting, date-changing, and chronograph start/stop/reset are working as expected.
Service History: None.