Zenith has been playing hard on the vintage trend in recent years, bringing back some of its most glorious watches from the inaugural El Primero trilogy – A384, A385 and A386 – as well as other important models, such as the A3817 launched a couple of weeks ago. There have been some more editions based on these faithful re-editions, with a more contemporary take, such as the Shadow or the Liberty editions. Today, and still based on the A384 architecture, the brand launches an adventurous and rugged edition, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari.
This watch is once again a modernized take on the geometry and overall proportions found in the historical A384, however with something less vintage-inspired. Replacing the traditionally finished stainless steel case in a mix of satin-brushed and polished surfaces, the Chronomaster Revival Safari is crafted in titanium, a lightweight and resistant material, and finished with matte microblasted surfaces. The entire case, including the star-emblazoned crown and pump-style pushers, is fashioned this material. Not only the look will be muted, but this finishing also reveals a darker colour for the material. No coating is applied, as this matte titanium is absorbing light rather than reflecting it. The case retains its classic barrel shape and compact 37mm diameter.
The other unexpected change in this Chronomaster Revival Safari is the dial. Don’t expect the classic tri-colour or panda schemes here. Zenith is giving its watch an adventurous look with a matte khaki green dial, and contrasting black registers and tachymeter scale, with a touch of vintage inspiration with its warm beige-coloured SuperLumiNova on the applied baton markers and hands. It also comes with a white on green date wheel, camouflaged with the rest of the dial. Matching this dial is a rubber and Cordura-effect strap in green with a matte microblasted titanium pin buckle.
Inside the case, no surprises, as the watch comes equipped with the iconic El Primero Calibre 400. This high-frequency (5Hz) chronograph comes with an integrated automatic architecture as well as a column-wheel and lateral clutch. It is the direct descendant of the 1969 El Primero movement (the calibre 400 is the closest iteration to the original version), and it is visible through a sapphire caseback.
Availability & Price
The Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari (reference 97.T384.400.57.C856) is launched as part of the permanent collection, however, it will only be available as a boutique and e-commerce exclusive. It is now for sale here, at zenith-watches.com and retails for CHF 8,900, EUR 8,800 or USD 9,000.
Technical specifications – Zenith Chronomaster Revival Safari
Case: 37mm diameter – barrel-shaped case in microblasted titanium – domed sapphire crystal and screwed sapphire caseback – 50m water-resistant
Dial: Khaki green dial with contrasting black counters
Hands and applied markers rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super-LumiNova
Movement: El Primero 400 calibre, in-house – automatic integrated chronograph with column wheel and lateral clutch – 30mm – 31 jewels – 36,000 vibrations/hour or 5Hz frequency – 50h power reserve – hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Strap: Khaki green Cordura effect strap and white stitching
Microblasted titanium pin buckle
Availability: available from Zenith boutiques & e-commerce from June 2021
Price: CHF 8,900