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Part of the original trio of stainless steel references that launched alongside the El Primero calibre, the A385 is the model ZENITH chose for its advertisements and photo-shoots in 1969. It left its mark on the era with its "shaded smoky brown" gradient dial, unprecedented at the time, and its "square barrel" case, signed with the ZENITH 4-pointed star logo.

Time to Reach Your Star



3019 PHC



Hours and minutes in the centre

Small seconds at 9 o'clock


- Central chronograph hand

- 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock

- 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock

Tachymetric scale

Date indication at 4:30




Stainless steel


In 1969, ZENITH forever changed the world of watchmaking with the unveiling of the El Primero, the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph calibre. But it wasn’t only the movement that was groundbreaking. The watch models that were equipped with the revolutionary calibre were also lauded for their contemporary and singular designs, which continue to inspire and fascinate watch aficionados and discerning collecters 50 years later.

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