Following in the footsteps of the Zenith El Primero Lightweight which was unveiled here at DreamChrono a couple weeks ago, Zenith has launched another limited edition El Primero, the 410 LE. Though the name is a bit generic (“410” is simply a reference to the caliber), I have it on good word from Zenith that this piece is inspired by a classic Zenith design such as the example shown here:
Though inspired designs of another decade, aficionados can appreciate the modern day attributes of this timepiece — at 42mm by 12.75mm, the stainless steel case is nicely sized while retaining the attractive and highly utility dial. The sunburst slate grey is a nice color for any occasion and provides a solid backdrop for the full 12 hours chronograph (hours at 6 o’clock; minutes at 3 o’clock; seconds via the red center-set hand ), as well as an annual/triple calendar (day, date, month) and moon phase complication which are also displayed on the dial. The third sub-dial, at 9 o’clock is the running small seconds. The tachy scale and associated hash marks around the outer edge of the dial give the watch a more technical, sporty look which is typical for many Zenith designs. Note as well The Zenith stars at 10 and 2 — a nice touch.
As an aside, I will mention that one aspect of the vintage version that I do prefer is the proportionally larger size of the sub-dials; though this is undoubtedly a function of the upsized case (42mm vs. 38mm in the 1970s model shown above) which is more in-line with the today’s consumer preferences as far as size goes.
As far as the caliber itself, the Zenith El Primero 410 automatic chronograph movement has a 390 components and a power reserve of 50 hours; it beats at the higher 36,000 vph rate that is a signature of the El Primero line. It is visible through a sapphire display back, and Zenith typically does a nice job offering a modest level of finishing to its movements. You can also see that the watch is fitted on a black alligator strap, with triple folding clasp.
Suffice it to say that the Zenith El Primero 410 presents itself as an attractive watch with desirable “triple calendar” and moon phase complications — topped off with a touch of vintage inspiration. The Zenith El Primero 410 LE is limited to 500 pieces and is priced at $10,400.
More resources about Zenith El Primero 410 LE on the Official Zenith Website.