The new 2014 Zenith El Primero 410 unlimited edition

Zenith El Primero 410

Last year we saw a 500-piece limited series featuring a slate grey dial to reintroduce the legendary calibre 410 from Zenith. In 2014 now an unlimited edition follows…

 

In brief for you to remember: The name of this movement also born in 1969 was the El Primero 3019 PHF, later referenced as 410. Built around a column wheel and endowed with a 50-hour power reserve, like all the Zenith El Primero movements that would punctuate the Zenith collections, calibre 410 made its way through the decades until the year 2000. But we all know: Icons never die! Zenith was reviving it in 2013 in a 500-piece limited series featuring a slate grey dial.

The 2013 Zenith El Primero 410, limited to 500 pieces
The 2013 Zenith El Primero 410, limited to 500 pieces

 

In 2014 now an unlimited version follows. It brings to the wrist the unique pleasure of owning an icon…

Almost half a century after its creation, El Primero Calibre 410 has evolved in various ways, including having a complete model named after it and finding its way back into the legendary El Primero collection. Introduced this year with a silver-toned dial, it reproduces the original function layout in a distinctively 1970s spirit. The days and months are counted off at “10” and “2” o’clock respectively, while the date remains imperturbably enthroned between 4 and 5 o’clock. Merging into the hour sub dial at 6 o’clock, the moon phase depicts the revolutions of the night star through a special-shaped aperture with two rounded cutouts reproducing the dark part of the moon. The latter thus reveals its successive phases – and faces – throughout its cycle (waxing moon, full moon, waning moon, new moon). The disc bearing two moons is driven by a 59-toothed wheel corresponding to the two lunar cycles of 2 x 29.5 days.

 

Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410

 

The Manufacture-made complications of El Primero Calibre 410 are fairly classic, yet nonetheless rare. While Zenith wished to preserve the authentic character of an icon 20th century icon, it has succeeded in infusing it with “that little something extra” that imparts a modern touch and makes it truly unique. Appearing in a contemporary 42 mm size, the steel case displays decidedly on-trend curves with alternating polished and brushed finishes. The round chronograph pushpieces proclaim their originality, while the snailed counters create a subtle contrast with the sunray dial motif. Rimmed by the tachometric scale on the opaline inner bezel ring, the rhodium hour-markers stand out clearly to ensure perfect readability, while the Zenith-Star on the tip of the blue central chronograph seconds hand flies around the dial.

 

Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410

 

The one that will forever remain “the first”, the Zenith El Primero Calibre 410 reveals its fascinating 390-part mechanism through the sapphire crystal case-back…

Movement

Zenith El Primero 410, automatic

Calibre: 13 ¼ ‘‘‘ (Diameter: 30 mm)

Thickness: 6,60 mm

Components: 390

Jewels: 31

Frequency: 36.000 A/h (= 5 Hz)

Power-reserve: min. 50 hours

Finishing: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” pattern

 

Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410

 

Functions

Hours and minutes in the center

Small seconds at 9 o’clock

Date indicator between 4 and 5 o’clock

Full calendar indications (day, date, month)

Moon phase indicator

 

Chronograph:

– 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

– 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock

– Central chronograph seconds hand

Tachometric scale

 

Case, Dial & Hands

Material: Stainless steel

Diameter: 42 mm

Dial opening diameter: 37,10 mm

Thickness: 12,75 mm

Crystal: Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal

Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial: Silver-toned sunray

Hour-markers: Rhodium with SuperLuminova SLN C1, faceted

Hands: Rhodium with SuperLuminova SLN C1, faceted

 

Reference

03.2091.410/01.C494

Brown alligator leather strap with protective rubber lining

Stainless steel buckle with triple folding clasp

 

Zenith El Primero 410
Zenith El Primero 410

 

 

 

 

 

15 Comments

  • Anyone sitting on the fence on this watch should see it in person, it’s stunning and you hardly notice the stars and the quality of the dial is top notch, gets my vote.

  • Yes i will put it on my waiting list as nr 4, first panerai after rolex after dark side omega and this. cheers people

  • Very nice looking watch but once again we have an automatic with no Power Reserve Indicator on it , why is this ? Is this not a useful feature to have ?

    • Typically, power reserve indicators are used for watches with manual winding, because there you should know when to wind it. With automatic watches, this makes less sense, since it is constantly wound when you wear it.

      • I would have thought it was the other way around, that one would need it for an automatic to know how long to wear it to achieve a full charge.With the manual wind all one would have to do is to wind it every morning.

        • I have the predecessor to this watch, which has all of the same functionality. Although you don’t have a power reserve indicator, it ticks for an impressive 50 hours (max) after you wear it.

  • I’ve just joined your blog. This is the third watch blog that I’ve signed up for in the last year. Enjoyed your article about El Primero. Wondering why you don’t state the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

  • I have loved Zenith since I was a kid, my father had 2 Zenith watches and that was the time when my love affair with Zenith began.

    This looks just fabulous, simply love it!

    Thank you for bringing it to us!

  • Beautiful piece. I think I prefer this unlimited version over the limited. Something about the white dial makes the moon phase look better.

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