- A. Lange & Söhne1
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- F.P. Journe1
- Franck Muller0
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- Universal Genève4
- Vacheron Constantin6
Throughout the 1960s, the main goal for watchmakers was that of pairing a chronograph complication to an automatic movement, and deliver the result to clients in a sleek, comfortable and wearable watch.
Zenith succeeded, delivering the superb "El Primero" movement, the first full-rotor automatic chronograph in the history of watchmaking. The name itself, meaning "The first" in spanish, is obviously a nod to this achievement.
The present example, bearing reference number G381, is part of a limited run of 700 pieces, making it extremely rare if compared to its sibling, the steel A386.
This example is made even more desirable by its outstanding conditions: the 38mm yellow gold case by celebrated casemaker C. R. Spillmann is preserved in pristine conditions, with deep engravings and showing no signs of polishing.
The original caseback sticker is still present and visible.
The dial, pleasantly contemporary thanks to the balanced layout, is graced by a light and even patina that highlights the texture of the original finish.
The luminescent material has aged elegantly and has no crackles, and the graphics are crisp and perfectly legible.
Case: 38mm yellow gold
Movement: Automatic, cal. 3019PHC, 31 jewels
Year: ca. 1970
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