] Luxury Zenith Replica Watches Designer Affordable Prices

Luxury Zenith Replica Watches Designer Affordable Prices

At Baselworld, Zenith Replica Watches followed up its retro El Primero timepiece, introduced as a part of a collectors box set at SIHH to celebrate its 50th anniversary, with new models for those that couldn't get their hands on the first wave. The trio of watches in the box setone mimicking the original timepiece, a modern version, and one meant to represent the movements futurewere limited to just 50 pieces. At a time when the thirst for vintage timepieces is seemingly at its pinnacle, the edition that most closely resembled the original was, of course, the favorite. Only the almighty metal-of-the-moment, steel, was available to those that bought the box set. Now Zenith has come back with new iterations of the 38mm x 12.6mm model in white gold, rose gold and yellow gold. You can safely assume that these are, most likely, already spoken for, but its important to know the history of the movement to know why collectors are so hungry to get their piece of the El Primero pie.

The Zenith El Primero was launched just over 50 years ago, on January 10th, 1969. At the time, the company was still known as Zenith-Movado, and it had spent seven years developing the El Primeros movement, the first high-frequency (36,000 vibrations per hour) automatic chronograph on the market. It managed to beat Seiko and the Chronomatic Group in the race to put this innovation on collectors wrists. But later the same year, Seiko unveiled the worlds first quartz watch, kicking off the quartz crisis that almost obliterated the mechanical watch industry. Two years later in 1971, Zenith was sold to Zenith Radio Corporation, the Chicago-based manufacturer of radios and TVs. By 1974, it would stop producing the El Primero.

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Since then, Zenith watches has struggled to separate its name from the TV business, despite having been sold in 1978 to Dixi, a company specializing in machine tooling for watchmaking, and later to LVMH at the turn of the century. But theres a solid core of watch enthusiasts who have an appreciation for the brand and its place in watchmaking historyand its with this heritage (and its recent limited editions) that Zenith will once again grab the attention of the larger public.

So why is the El Primero still such a big deal? Because it quite literally served as a template for other watchmakers to develop automatic chronographs of their own. Zenith watchmaker Charles Vermot realized the importance of the movement and safeguarded the tools necessary to make the El Primero in 1976, with hopes that mechanical watchmaking would one day make a comeback.He didn't have to wait very long.In the early 80s, Ebel and Rolex played a major role in reviving the El Primero. Ebel was first in 1981, when head honcho Pierre-Alain Blum wanted to offer an automatic chronograph in his catalogue. Rolex followed, signing a 10-year contract with Zenith to equip its Daytona models with the El Primero calibre. Vermots tools allowed Zenith to quickly restart production on the scale Rolex required. The first Rollies equipped with an El Primero movement debuted at Baselworld in 1988.

The El Primero Daytona Rolexes have since become collectors watches. When the Rolex El Primero Daytona Ref. 16520 was released it cost about $3,300. Today, it retails for over $20,000.The new trio of Zenith El Primero throwbacks know the worth of their weight in goldthey retail for 19,900 CHF (approximately $19,900 at current exchange). You can bet that one day these timepieces, limited to 50 in each metal, may see an ROI that could be as impressive as a Ref. 16520s is nowif the enthusiasm for watchmaking history continues at its current trajectory.