Zenith El Primero Lightweight: A Lighter Side of El Primero
I really like Zenith watches. I’ve had a Zenith Elite for about 8 years, and it’s been great. Whenever there is a new Zenith to take a look at, I’m always excited, especially when it is one from the famed El Primero line. So, now that Zenith is presenting an ultra-light variation of their much-lauded El Primero Striking 10th, TickTickVroom is keen to check it out. It’s called the Zenith El Primero Lightweight, and it is a limited edition watch of only 100 pieces.
The Zenith El Primero chronograph movements are not exactly new to the watch scene. Originally debuting in 1969 in the Zenith A386, the El Primero has powered some of the most iconic chronographs of all time, including the Rolex Daytona. But, for the El Primero Lightweight, a whole new, extremely superleggera version had to be developed. Silicon wheels and levers and titanium plates form the basis of the 31 jewel automatic movement that weighs a tidy 15.45 grams. To give you an idea, the movement of the Striking 10th is 21.1 grams.
As you can no doubt see, the Zenith El Primero Lightweight’s outer case is made from carbon fiber (a Zenith first) with the inner case giving addition strength and rigidity through its ceramised aluminum construction. The lightweight strap is a combination of rubber and Nomex. Even though the case is a ridiculous 45 mm, the entire watch only weighs in at about 40 grams. I guess that why they call it the El Primero Lightweight.
The skeleton dial shows off the titanium movement beautifully while actually keeping decent legibility with some contrasting red in the outer ring and second hand. The tri-coloring of the dial makes sure everyone knows the Zenith El Primero is an El Primero. Overall, it’s a very handsome watch.
Like I said, the Zenith El Primero Lightweight is a limited edition of 100 examples. Priced at $22,000, it’s a little less than $10 grand cheaper that an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Forged Carbon Offshore. So, not a bad deal for a limited El Primero chronograph. For more info, check out Zenith-Watches.com.