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Hello WUS,

I've come across this example of a 38mm chrono and would love some help clarifying the details of this watch in the Zenith family.

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Some details I've discovered on this movement from archives in the forum sticky posts:


How collectible/rare/desirable are these examples today?
Cheers in advance for responses :)
 

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This is basically the automatic El Primero without the automatic winder module with rotor. So a very good manual movement, but not as sought after as the automatic one. This particular model is one of the more common ones and were made in 2200 copies 1993-1996. Not as collectible as the automatic ones, but for sure very high quality watches and the glass back is a nice touch!
 

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Ten years ago I posted a thread about the Zenith Prime:
Zenith El Primero HW + Zenith Prime + cal. 420

(Please ignore the mention on the first page that it has a sapphire crystal, which it doesn't.)

It is still one of my favorite watches.

It is not only a nice entry-level Zenith El Primero, but also a unique hand-wound chronograph in its own right. It's probably the thinnest hand-wound chronograph ever produced, and features the high-beat and date-function on top of that. I still wish Zenith would make a version with the moonphase and full calendar!

@ watchhunterandcollector :

'This particular model is one of the more common ones and were made in 2200 copies 1993-1996 '

That is very interesting, I don't recall having seen these numbers before. Could you elaborate on that: what is your source, and how this compares with the production number of other cal 420 models?
 
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