We all remember the legendary Zenith El Primero Rainbow chronograph that was launched in 1999 reflecting the colors of a rainbow. Have a look at the new 2013 version and tell me if you like it.
In 1997 Zenith launched the black, grey & white Rainbow Flyback chronograph. Two years later Zenith launched a version with a colored sub dial, a red second hand and a partial red colored bezel reflecting the colors of a rainbow. With its 40 mm case, water-resistant up to 100 meters, this steel chronograph with the El Primero caliber 405 was a cool wristwatch. I would even tend to write a very cool one, since there were not so many comparable chronographs with an in-house movement on the market at that time.
In my eyes Zenith should have never given up the production of this chronograph, but this is, as we all know, another story…
For more information please see the pictures and read the remarks from page 267 taken from the official Zenith book by Manfred Rössler.
As always you can enlarge my pictures by clicking on them once and then once again…
Now I just received pictures of the 2013 edition of the legendary Zenith Rainbow chronograph.
This is what Zenith wrote me:
…“Today, the brand with the guiding star draws inspiration from this landmark model in creating a 250-piece limited edition available exclusively in Zenith boutiques. This El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow is driven by the El Primero Caliber 405 B automatic movement built around a column wheel. While this chronograph naturally beats at the frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour enabling 1/10th second precision, it is also equipped with a date display, a telemetric scale, and above all with the famous flyback function. Closely bound up with the world of aviation, the latter enables pilots to stop, start and restart the chronograph at a single press on the push-piece, compared with three presses required for a standard chronograph. Made of black Alchron – a light and resistant titanium and aluminium alloy – the case with its 45.5 mm diameter is topped by a rotating bezel bearing a scratch-resistant aluminum ring. The rounded sapphire crystal is shaped like an astrodome – the dome located on the fuselage’s dorsal ridge to enable astronavigation. The equally transparent engraved sapphire case-back reveals the fascinating mechanism of the world’s most accurate series-produced calibre. On the dial side, the minutes counter at 3 o’clock appears in colours enabling night-time readings in infrared-lit cockpits, exactly like the first model developed in cooperation with a fighter pilot, while the hours are displayed at 6 o’clock and the small seconds at 9 o’clock. The white superluminova hour-markers create a striking contrast with the black of the dial and case, while the chronograph sweep seconds hand stands out in red. The inner bezel ring bearing a telemetric scale creates an overall depth effect. The eminently virile and stylish El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow comes on a particularly sporty rubber strap fitted with a black PVD-coated folding clasp.” …
So, my question now is:
Do you like the new one? Which one is cooler? Do you prefer the 1999 Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback or the 2013 Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow?