Look around at watches today and you’ll see lots of vintage-inspired pieces. Settle on the Chronomaster from Zenith, however, and you’ll see a distinctively styled piece that harkens back to the 1960’s and the bold designs of that era. And in the latest iteration of this famous timepiece, Zenith has treated watch fans to an extra dose of retro-goodness with the 38mm gold-case version of the Chronomaster Original, a near carbon-copy of the original design from 1969.
Paired with a brown calfskin leather strap, the 18.3200.3600/69.C901 reference exudes a warmth that takes us back to the 1960’s. Rising from the 18kt rose gold case, a dome crystal protects the gray, silver, and blue subdialed display while matching rose gold hands spin to point at paired indices applied as hour markers. Few watches feature this many colors and fewer are able to do it well. The Chronomaster Original exceeds here, making the top-of-the-line version of the new Chronomaster a watch fan’s dream. Inside, Zenith’s newest EP 3600 caliber movement brings to life the functionality that revolutionized that watch world over 50 years ago when the El Primero became the world’s first automatic movement. Taken together, this is horological history embodied.