During watchmaking’s mid-20th-century golden age, developments in extreme water resistance, shock resistance, antimagnetic features, and enhanced precision ushered in the era of rugged and reliable sport watches.
Retro-styled chronographs—which function as stopwatches—pay homage to their predecessors by fusing vintage flair with cutting-edge movement technology. With pushers to start, stop, and restart the timer function, and sub-dials to keep track of elapsing times, chronographs are a popular sports watch complication, often with motorsport overtones.
In 1969, Zenith launched its landmark El Primero movement in three inaugural models powered by the famous high-frequency, column-wheel chronograph mechanism. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the milestone in 2019, Zenith introduced special commemorative editions of the original iconic A386 and the A384, flaunting on-trend ’70s flair.