Zenith El Primero A386 MK3

iconic chronograph - gay-frères bracelet

This Zenith El Primero A386 is an iconic chronograph from 1971 with a distinct dial and famous El Primero automatic movement.

This cult watch is without a doubt one of the most important chronographs of the twentieth century. The rarity of the present model is obvious: between 1969 and 1971 only 2500 examples were produced. Even fewer have survived in good condition to this day, which is why the El Primero A386 is one of the most sought-after vintage watches.

Here you can see a MK3 version of the reference A386, which has been preserved in fantastic overall condition. The stainless steel case has a full profile and only little wear. On the case back you can see the deeply engraved serial number and the NATO star. The original winding crown bears the NATO star as well. The breathtaking tri-color dial is absolutely clean and without any flaws. The original tritium lume in the hour markers and hands developed a beautiful and honest patina.

The chronograph has a red central hand, a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour totalizer. The sub-dial with small seconds is at 9 o'clock and the date with quickset between 4 and 5 o'clock. The El Primero movement is one of the first automatic chronograph movements in the world. The caliber 3019 PHC operates flawlessly and keeps precisely time.

The watch is accompanied by a vintage Gay-Fréres stainless steel bracelet. These bracelets are super rare and sought after. The present example has hardly any signs of wear. The clasp is stamped 4/71 (fourth quarter 1971).

This Zenith El Primero A386 is a rare opportunity for every discerning watch collector.

Serial number: 922Dxxx

Manufacturer: Zenith

Model: El Primero

Reference: A386

Functions: date - chronograph - small running second - tachymeter - quickset date - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: Tri-Color

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: stainless steel

Type of clasp: deployant buckle

Diameter: 38mm

Caliber name: Zenith 3019 PHC

Movement type: automatic

Year of Manufacture: 1971

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - light signs of wear


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