Zenith’s Basel 2011 collection was rock-solid (we showed you our favorites here), and the star of the show (at least in our eyes) was the new 38mm El Primero chronograph. A great movement, a great case, vintage-inspired dial and a completely appropriate price ($6200) make this a watch we can surely recommend to all our readers. Here is a look at this new 38mm El Primero vs. the original El Primero from 1969 from which it draws inspiration.
The watch is inspired by one of Zenith’s most lauded models, the Reference A 386. This watch was made for a brief period and is the first watch to use the three-color sub-register dial that has become almost standard for Zenith these days – seen in the 1969 piece, the striking tenth, and now the 38mm.
Above, you are looking at a picture of the brand new El Primero chronograph sitting alongside an original A386. it is interesting to note that the new 38mm is not an a remake, but rather it simply takes design cues from the original, not unlike what Rolex has done with their new Explorer II.
The question is, which do you prefer, the original A386 El Primero or the new 38mm?