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Vintage Zenith El Primero A783 made in 1971

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Vintage Zenith El Primero A783 made in 1971

A brief history on the Zenith El Primero.

Released in 1969, the Zenith El Primero became the world’s first automatic chronograph watch that was very closely followed by Heuer and Seiko, and since its release has become one of the most iconic chronograph watches in history.

Credit should further be given to the El Primero as it had a high frequency movement, was also equipped with a column wheel and a horizontal clutch, and a more traditional system to use the start, stop and reset functions of the chronograph – and of course being automatic which is how we take most chronograph watches to be.

And then the Zenith El Primero calibre 4030 was used in the Rolex Daytona 16520 from 1988 for about ten years, making this a highly collectable and sought after Rolex Daytona and gives a further glimpse to the high esteem that this movement was looked upon by not only Rolex but watch makers and collectors alike.

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