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What would become the template for ZENITH’s signature CHRONOMASTER line, the A386 was launched in 1969 in a more classical round-case with straight lugs. It stood out with its tri-colour chronograph counters and decimal scale, becoming one of the most significant references in the history of the El Primero calibre and an icon among chronograph wristwatches.

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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