Zenith never disappoint us with its updated models in every new release. In 2021, Zenith introduced its avant-garde Zenith Chronomaster Sport and gained massive success without surprises. This award winning Zenith watch revived the brand’s iconic blue, gray and anthracite overlapping subdials from the original A386 El Primero chronograph of 1969. It reminds us of the old golden era with the most advanced watchmaking technologies.
Garnering both popularity and fame amongst the mass watch admirers and professional experts, Zenith Chronomaster has again set a new golden benchmark for luxury automatic chronograph watches.
The Birth of Zenith El Primero Caliber
Whenever we speak of the renowned Swiss watchmaker Zenith, it is always associated with the brand’s signature chronograph watch. The brand has been constantly pushing the boundaries of mechanical timekeeping accuracy.
With its famed movement, the Zenith El Primero, Zenith has been pioneering in the field of chronometry over the world of horology for decades. This Le Locle-based watch manufacturer is still keeping the world record for chronometry Observatory Prizes to this date. The first El Primero caliber was unveiled in 1969 and reached a real milestone for the brand’s developmental history.
The Zenith El Primero was the world’s first integrated chronograph caliber with a high frequency and performance. It ran at an uncommonly high frequency of 36,600 vph (5 Hz), that the integrated chronograph inside could record elapsed times to the 1/10th second.
Born in the tough era for traditional watchmaking, the revolutionary caliber had successfully helped the brand survive from the serious Quartz Crisis and brought a new wave to the world of horology. Ever since its launch, the El Primero has become the key strength of the success of this Swiss watch brand.
Most watches of the current Zenith watch family are now using this powerful movement, while equipped with the brand’s signature sub-dial details. Encapsulating both high quality parts and sleek design, the Zenith watch is one of the best picks that turn heads on every occasion.
The Release of Zenith Chronomaster Sports Collection
While already housing a number of exquisite timepieces powered by El Primero, Zenith released a specific chronograph collection, the Zenith Chronomaster in 1994. It was created as a lineup of high-end mechanical chronograph watches that include the brand’s prowess and mastery of complications.
The Chronomaster models are introduced as a faithful re-edit of the brand’s most emblematic models from the 1960s to 1970s. They are available in a wide range of versions in different styles and configurations including its most popular skeleton and open heart options.
Showcasing Zenith’s rich legacy and mastery of chronograph movements, the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster models are always powered by its most advanced movements. The newest Zenith Chronomaster Sports models are no exception.
Released in 2021, the Chronomaster Sport is positioned as the culmination of the brand’s proficiency on sporty automatic chronographs. Featuring the latest El Primero movement with a 1/10th of a second increment and the most advanced innovations, the Zenith Chronomaster Sport watch was even awarded the “Chronograph Prize” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2021 “Chronograph” prize.
Gaining considerable popularity, Zenith expanded the Chronomaster Sport collection with a few more new iterations in 2022. Together with the premium two-tone version and full gold versions, its steel version with a tri-colour ceramic bezel has grabbed the most attention in the global market.
Features of Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Equipped with the latest generation of the El Primero, this Zenith chronograph sports model is well crafted in a sporty-chic contemporary profile. It has skillfully combined the most symbolic design elements of Zenith watches such as the tri-colour sub-dials as well as the most updated watchmaking advancements. Such sophistication is probably the reason for what the collectors are falling for.
To be short, this renowned 1/10th El Primero movement is more precise than other regular chronographs which take one count per 60 seconds. It will take exactly 1/10th of a second increments, instead of a second, to record its long red-tipped center sweep hand.
To be frank the Chronomaster Sport is not the first 1/10th chronograph watch in the industry while Zenith itself and even other brands such as Tag Heuer and Longines already have them before. It is also not the first 1/10th El Primero since there is already a limited El Primero Striking edition released in only 1969 pieces ten years ago. Moreover, it is also not the most precise chronograph of the brand since there is already a 1/100th chronograph in the Defy 21 lineup released in 2018.
Then, what makes the new Chronomaster Sport so impressive to have drawn such massive discussion? Its new El Primero 3600 movement is Zenith’s fully developed and latest 1/10th caliber which is not a limited edition but an available-now piece. Topped with the sophisticated craftsmanship and latest watchmaking advancements, this El Primero-equipped watch is well considered as one of the best crafted timepieces of the brand’s current catalog.
Revival of Iconic Sub-dials
In addition to its highly appraised movement, the incorporation of its vintage resurrected sub-dials is also one key feature of the watch. The design of this new Zenith sports watch has carried some features under the influences of the brand’s retro models including the Chronomaster Revival Manufacture Version and Zenith Chronomaster A385 Revival model. The 41 mm Chronomaster Sport features the emblematic set of subdials in the iconic El Primero colors: blue, anthracite, and light gray, which faithfully resemble the subdials on the vintage A386 model released in 1969.
Refined Case and Bezel
The 41 mm case is further polished with appealing satin and mirror finishes on its curves and facets, where the shining parts and matte parts connect seamlessly from lugs to bracelet links.
For the steel standard versions, the case is paired with a jet black ceramic bezel which is more scratch resistant. It enhances the look to be cleaner and well-balanced sitting next to its signature tri-color sub-dials.
With the introduction of the Chronomaster Sport series, the brand has presented its most advanced and optimized El Primero caliber and introduced its fully equipped models. The Zenith Chronomaster Sport is housing all the brand’s best essences available from the past and today.