Introducing the 2021 Zenith Chronomaster Original

For 2021, Zenith presents a new take on one of its most famous models, the 1969 A386 El Primero Chronograph. The new Zenith Chronomaster Original blends the iconic looks of the original with state-of-the-art performance, most notably through the use of the El Primero 3600 movement.

A near identical copy of its source of inspiration, the case of the 2021 Zenith Chronomaster Original measures 38mm across. The bezel-less structure, raised and domed crystal, pump-style chronograph pushers and faceted lugs are all almost indistinguishable between the vintage original and the 2021 version. And who could blame them - it's a great and unique look.

What is new is the movement inside. The Zenith Chronomaster Original is powered by the El Primero 3600. The result of over 50 years of gradual improvements since the launch of the original El Primero, this movement features a central seconds hand that makes one rotation every 10 seconds and a new, sleeker architecture. The power reserve is also increased to a welcome 60 hours.

The Zenith Chronomaster Original is available in stainless steel or rose gold, both with a silver dial featuring the brand's signature three-colored sub dials. The stainless steel cased also comes in a reverse-panda configuration.

The Zenith Chronomaster Original is available for pre-order in our eBoutique using the links below.

Technical Details Zenith Chronomaster Original


Key points: Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second. Increased power reserve of 60 hours. Date indication at 4:30. Stop-second mechanism.

Movement: El Primero 3600 Automatic.

Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz).

Power reserve: approx. 60 hours.

Functions: Hours and minutes in the centre. Small seconds at nine o’clock. 1/10th of a second Chronograph: central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds, 60 minute counter at six o’clock, 60 second counter at three o’clock.

Case: 38mm

Material: stainless steel / [18-ct rose gold].

Dial: Silver with three-colored sub dials / matte black with silver-toned counters / [Silver with three-colored sub dials].

Water-resistance: 5 ATM.

Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLumiNova SLN C1 / Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige SuperLumiNova SLN / [Gold-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLumiNova SLN C1].

Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1 / Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova SLN / [Gold-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova®SLN C1].

Bracelet & Buckle: Stainless steel bracelet and stainless steel double folding clasp / calfskin strap with stainless steel triple folding clasp / [calfskin strap with rose gold triple folding clasp].