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Lot #1518

Zenith El Primero A386 New Old Stock Box and Papers

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Introduction

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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Grade

V 9.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Guarantee Papers

Est. value range

$15,000 – $25,000

The Details

Brand

Zenith

Dimensions

38mm

Model

El Primero

Movement

Automatic El Primero

Reference

A386

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

Circa 1970s

Condition

Like New

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch, box, booklets and hang tag

Dial Color

Silver

THE DIAL

Probably one of the most distinctive uses of color in watchmaking, the A386's multi-colored overlapping subdials are an immediately recognisable visual trait that reveals exactly what iconic timepiece this is. Furthermore, this example's aged creamy yellow luminescent makes its dial all the more visually appealing.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Offered in exceptional like-new condition, this example's polished bevels are pristine just like the rest of its sharp corners and lines and impeccable surfaces.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

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.

Our Perspective

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.

Eric Ku

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