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Zenith

Zenith continues to operate from the same site in Le Locle, Switzerland where the company began in 1865. Throughout its history, the chronograph has been synonymous with the maison. Zenith released its first chronograph in 1899, however, its most iconic chronograph remains the El Primero, introduced in 1969.

The high frequency of the movement, the silky-smooth operation of its push pieces and its commendable finishing are just some of the attributes which make the El-Primero loved by legions of watch collectors around the globe. In 2000, Zenith was acquired by the luxury conglomerate, LVMH. The El-Primero now features in some models belonging to its sister companies: Bulgari, Hublot and TAG Heuer.

The early 1970s represented a dark period for the Swiss watch industry with the advent of the quartz movement in 1969 threatening the domain of the mechanical watch. In 1975, Zenith, owned by an American company at the time, received a mandate to cease production of mechanical watches and focus solely upon the manufacture of quartz watches.

Charles Vermot, a watchmaker at Zenith took the bold decision to ignore the American owners and hide the parts, plans, plant and tools for safe keeping.
In 1984, after mechanical watches began to enjoy a renaissance, Vermot returned the various items he had secretly stored for nine years to Zenith. Shortly thereafter, the production of the El-Primero recommenced. Several other brands procured the movement, including, most notably, Rolex for its Daytona model.

While Zenith continues to make other movements, including remarkable tourbillons, it will forever be associated with its legendary El Primero chronograph.

Browse our selection of unused and pre-owned Zenith watches below. Can’t find the model you are looking for? Get in touch.

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  • Zenith El Primero Rainbow Ref: 53.0475.400Zenith El Primero Rainbow Ref: 53.0475.400

    Zenith

    El Primero Rainbow

    £2,950.00
  • Zenith Port Royal Grande Date Chronograph 03.0550.4010/01.C507Zenith Port Royal Grande Date Chronograph 03.0550.4010/01.C507

    Zenith

    Port Royal Em Primero

    November 2005 £2,750.00
  • Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 30.2060.405/21.C714Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 30.2060.405/21.C714

    Zenith

    Stratos Flyback

    February 2013 £4,250.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Zenith Captain central Second 18.2020.67018ct Rose Gold Zenith Captain central Second 18.2020.670

    Zenith

    Captain Central Second

    £6,450.00
  • Zenith El Primero ChronographZenith El Primero Chronograph

    Zenith

    El Primero Chronograph

    December 2005 £2,450.00
  • Zenith El Primero Port Royal V Chronograph 02.0451.400Zenith El Primero Port Royal V Chronograph 02.0451.400

    Zenith

    Port Royal

    October 2009 £1,950.00
  • Zenith Defy El Primero Sport 95.9000.9004/78.R582Zenith Defy El Primero Sport 95.9000.9004/78.R582

    Zenith

    Defy El Primero

    £7,500.00
  • 3039049Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.1930.681/21.C723

    Zenith

    Pilot Type 20

    September 2014 £3,650.00
  • Bi Metal Zenith Elite Captain Central Second Ref:51.2020.670/01.M2020Bi Metal Zenith Elite Captain Central Second Ref:51.2020.670/01.M2020

    Zenith

    Elite Captain

    December 2011 £3,650.00
  • Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Blashford Ltd Edition 30.2062.405/07.M2060Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Blashford Ltd Edition 30.2062.405/07.M2060

    Zenith

    El Primero Stratos

    Oct 2016 £5,450.00
  • Zenith El Primero Rainbow 02-0360-400Zenith El Primero Rainbow 02-0360-400

    Zenith

    Rainbow 02-0360-400

    £2,950.00
  • Zenith El Primero Port Royal V Chronograph. 01.0450.400/21Zenith El Primero Port Royal V Chronograph. 01.0450.400/21

    Zenith

    El Primero

    March 2000 £2,250.00
  • Zenith Class Elite 01.1125.680/73Zenith Class Elite 01.1125.680/73

    Zenith

    Class Elite

    August 2005 £2,450.00
  • Zenith El Primero Sport 03.2280.400Zenith El Primero Sport 03.2280.400

    Zenith

    El Primero Sport

    January 2016 £4,950.00
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  • Zenith Rainbow Flyback 01.0480.405Zenith Rainbow Flyback 01.0480.405

    Zenith

    Rainbow Flyback

    £3,350.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Zenith Grandes Chronomaster XTZenith Grandes Chronomaster XT Flyback 18.1250.4009

    Zenith

    Grandes Flyback XT

    January 2004 £8,950.00
  • Zenith Pilot Big Date 03.2410.4010/21.C722Zenith Pilot Big Date 03.2410.4010/21.C722

    Zenith

    Pilot Big Date

    February 2017 £3,950.00
  • Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 96.2430.693/21.C703Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 96.2430.693/21.C703

    Zenith

    Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20

    May 2016 £5,250.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Zenith Elite Automatic 17.0125.68018ct Rose Gold Zenith Elite Automatic 17.0125.680

    Zenith

    Elite

    £3,450.00
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