Arguably one of the most famous chronograph makers in all of horology, Zenith is best-known for their El Primero automatic chronograph movement. From its status as one of the first automatic chronograph movements ever made (depending on who you ask) and the base movement to feature within the second-generation Rolex Daytona, the El Primero is certainly a modern-day icon. Launched in 1969, its incredible hi-beat rate, amazing accuracy and technical prowess ensured that any watch it was inside was one of the best chronographs money could buy. One of those watches was Zenith's own A386, the watch that we have here. Featuring a stainless-steel case with sharp polished bevels, a thin bezel and pump-style pushers, the A386 fit right in with the aesthetics of its time, while its mechanics were at the very forefront of horology and mechanics. Indeed, to let others know of its incredible movement, the A386 features a tell-tale hint at just what watch it is, its dial. Featuring a silver dial with three overlapping multi-colored subdials; navy, black and light grey, the A386 is immediately distinctive on the outside, just like it is on the inside – a fitting tribute to its status as a trailblazing timepiece indeed.
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Watch is in exceptional like new condition. Sharp edges and with little to no wear. The caseback medallion still retains its blasted finish and the serial number is clearly visible on the caseback. Dial is in near-mint condtion and shows no visible signs of wear. Luminous on dial and hands match perfectly.
An iconic timepiece for several reasons, the A386 is correctly lauded as one of horology's most important timepieces thanks to its trailblazing movement which would go on to power one of the best known watches ever, the Rolex Daytona. This example is perhaps the best I've ever seen, being in practially new unworn condition. A true timecapsule example worthy of any collection.