Zenith, From Iconic to the 21st Century Chronograph

The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 is a modernized chronograph with two escapements and a skeletonized dial for an upgraded timepiece.


The Zenith El Primero Chronograph is a classic model that helped define the standard by which all other automatic chronographs have been judged for decades. The recent Defy El Primero 21 Blue builds upon that history with a brand new modern movement, inspired by the legendary El Primero, consisting of double escapements that elevate it to a new level.

The first escapement is dedicated to regular timekeeping and maintains the watch’s 36,000 vph operating frequency, while the second escapement is dedicated solely to the chronograph function and runs at an astonishing 360,000 vph, rendering the watch capable of recording times to the nearest hundredth of a second. These dual escapements, combined with a skeletonized dial and a blue rubber strap with a titanium double folding buckle, give the Defy El Primero 21 Blue all the makings of a solid 21st-century timepiece while demonstrating Zenith’s technological edge and design for the most discerning watch lovers.

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