Watch Reviews, Zenith

Zenith – El Primero 36’000 Vph

The legendary El Primero collection has been reinterpreted with two new watches kept in striking stealth design.


The great story of legendary ‘El Primero’ began in 1969, when Zenith presented world’s most accurate series-made chronograph. Its high-frequency column-wheel movement has become a synonym of unusual precision.



Despite, Zenith constantly shows its broad imagination with launching different variations of El Primero, they fully respect the historical heritage and they still keep it alive throughout the whole El Primero range. The first conspicuous thing about new El Primero 36’000 Vph is satisfyingly black, ceramicised case complemented by perforated rubber strap. As I am quite a fan of ‘stealth’ design – predominantly presented in Breitling range, I must admit that these novelties can compete with the competition well.



The movement enclosed in the 42mm case is the Calibre 400B beating at 5Hz. It brings to life central minute, hour and second indication as well as 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. Date display is at 6 o’clock in the aperture.




The specifications :



  • Diameter : 42mm
  • Material : Black ceramicised aluminium
  • Sapphire crystal (Front and caseback)
  • Water resistance : 100 meters



  • Calibre : 400B
  • Mechanical
  • Power reserve : 50 hours
  • Frequency : 36’000 vph (5 Hz)
  • Functions : central hour, minute, second indication, 12-hour counter (6 o’clock), 30-minute counter (3 o’clock), small seconds (9 o’clock) and date display (6 o’clock).