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Zenith Class El Primero Luxury Watch Review

BUY IT HERE: http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/zenith Want a no-arguments watch? If so, the Zenith Class El Primero is the watch u want. Rarely has a timepiece been so aptly named; at 40mm in 18-karat yellow gold, this impeccably detailed Zenith El Primero is a class act. Any Zenith El Primero-powered chronograph is a standout. Rolex took that lesson to heart with its Zenith-powered 1988-1999 Cosmograph Daytona; even Geneva's giant made a tacit admission that when it came to automatic chronograph calibers, Zenith had the best game in town. By the late 1990s, Zenith had begun to gain a sense of its own value as a manufacture and not just a movement supplier. New Zenith model lines include the COSC-certified Chronomasters, Elite ultra-thins, and the elegant Class El Primero chronographs emerged to capture the hearts and minds of watch enthusiasts. The Class El Primero wears the lines and signature cues of timeless mid-century men's formal watches. The tapered lugs, baton hands, Roman numerals and slender case would have looked at home on the wrist of Clark Gable or Jimmy Stewart in their primes. But the 40mm yellow gold case of the Class El Primero is thoroughly contemporary in size; the watches of Motorama-era America don't wear with this kind of wrist presence. A sunburst silver dial provides peerless elegance. The gold applied Roman numerals, chapter ring, and hands provide contrast and precious-metal luster. Outboard of the primary chapter ring, a blue printed tachymeter scale provides sporting overtones; after all, this is a chronograph. With luminescent plots at each hour and lumed hands, the Class El Primero remains legible after most dress watches have faded to black. Zenith's Class El Primero receives motive power from its ageless namesake movement. The caliber 400Z El Primero automatic chronograph caliber was introduced in late 1998 for the 1999 model year. Its famed 36,000 VpH (5z) beat rate and 52-hour power reserve ensure precious and long autonomy, respectively. While not formally a COSC-certified Swiss Chronometer, the caliber 400Z easily meets and beats the COSC's ISO 3159 timing standards. A traditional column wheel function selector provides crisp and satisfying chronograph actuation, and the durability that once seduced mighty Rolex remains a hallmark of Zenith's most famous product. More than an engineering masterclass, the caliber 400Z El Primero continues as one of the most attractive automatic movements when viewed from a sapphire case back vantage point. See this captivatingly classic Zenith Class El Primero caliber 400Z in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso