Zenith, founded in 1865 in Le Lecole, Neuchatel, Switzerland by a young man named Georges Favre-Jacot. The name “Zenith” actually means the highest point or a summit. Zenith has developed and manufactured over 600 movement variation with over 300 patents since its beginning.
With over 1565 awards for precision in watch-making, Zenith is one of the few surviving Swiss watch companies that still produce their own movements in-house. Perhaps one of the most famous Zenith movements is the EI Primero caliber which was released in 1969 is still producing today was one of the first automatic chronograph movements to be able to measure 1/10th of a second accurately and a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour with a power reserve of 50 hours. The EI Primero now comes in over 23 different variations with its own aesthetic character to the table.
Do you remember Felix Baumgartner? The guy who skydived from space in 2012, he was actually wearing a Zenith’s EI Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronograph, the first ever watch to break the speed of sound.
Zenith’s mechanisms are complex and innovative that tools required to craft these mechanisms needed to be developed, such as the gyroscopic carriage of the “Gravity Control” module alone, Zenith’s expert artisans had to craft 60 new instruments for it. From the simplest to the most complicated of Zenith’s creations, they all hold the same signature and that is; that of the exceptional.
Zenith Watch Reviews and Recommendations
Top 5 Zenith Watches
All models of Zenith’s EI Primero collection are simply exquisite and elegant, but this particular series caught my attention, it’s simple and neat design along with the latest state of the art technology simply brings the watch to a whole new level. Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, Power-reserve indicator at 6 o’clock and thirty minute counter at 3 o’clock.
Yes, I’m a fan of moonphase watches too; the captain moonphase series of Zenith is simply sleek and spotless. Without looking too clutter, the details of the watch are neatly crafted on its silver-toned guilloche dial with faceted hour-markers and hands. Last but not least, alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining for the extra comfort.
I got to feel this watch personally when I borrowed it from a friend, this watch is just magnificently constructed, it’s ultra-thin casework with perfect curves and delicate craftsmanship is just fascinating to look at it, especially the case-back which is a transparent sapphire glass. In case you are wondering, this automatic watch is only 8.3mm thick! Words are just not enough to describe how beautiful this watch is.
Yeah, I just can’t get enough of EI Primero, that’s because there’s a lot of excellent watches in this series. As you can tell, this watch looks a little like the Rolex-Daytona, the way the details are distributed on the dial. But the feeling is different, this watch gives a slightly lighter feel, a more sportier feel and a very rugged feel overall. Definitely a masterpiece with many quality attributes.
It’s the same series as the watch introduced above, even though the design comes about the same, it looks and feels quite different in a sense. This one i’m showing feels slightly vintage with modern touches which is an excellent mix, with gold plated hands and indices on its pure silver-sunray dial, it makes this watch really stands out in terms of elegance and clarity.