Zenith has adopted the avid and growing community of vintage-watch aficionados in the past couple of decades, releasing several modern re-editions based on its oldest El Primero versions from 1969. The new Chronomaster Revival Liberty, a 150-piece limited edition exclusively for North America, riffs on among the most popular of those retro-style timepieces, the A384 Revival, while still adding a colorful and patriotic twist for its home market.
The original A384 from 1969 was the first Zenith watches to be armed with all the now-famous El Primero chronograph movement, and its 37-mm, angular tonneau case in stainless steel has been faithfully replicated in the Chronomaster Revival Liberty, using original blueprints and production plans from more than 50 decades back. The domed sapphire crystal and sapphire display back — revealing that the automatic, high-tech El Primero movement, using a power reserve of 50 hours are the sole case elements not found on the classic watch.
The vibrant red, white, and blue colour mix on the Chronomaster Revival Liberty is new but could just as easily have graced an El Primero watch in 1969.
The main dial, surrounded by a tachymeter scale, is light blue, with a”vignetting” gradient effect, accented with white chronograph counters to get a strong contrast. Most especially differentiating this model from others is the fundamental chronograph second hand, which can be painted with red and white stripes, along with the red numerals on the white date screen at 4:30. Completing the ensemble is a leather and cordura-effect blue rubber strap, completed with a single red stitch on each side.