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The Chronomaster Revival was introduced in 2019 as a one-to-one remake of the original A384 watch from 1969, but other iterations since then have sometimes taken a more creative approach. Each has borrowed from vintage models (and even a Japanese cartoon) to create something modern and novel to great effect. The latest one is rendered in blacked-out titanium and ominously called the “Shadow” — and it looks like a hit.
This is the most contemporary-feeling yet of the Chronomaster Revival series, and this time Zenith takes inspiration from a prototype dating to 1970 — interestingly, two years before the first black-coated watch was introduced. The Chronomaster Revival Shadow isn’t a recreation of that prototype, but it applies the blacked-out concept and other design cues to the historically accurate 37mm case of the A384. Further notable is that the case is in lightweight, microblasted titanium.
The A384 is notable because it was one of the first watches to house the now-iconic El Primero automatic chronograph movement, introduced in 1969 along with other notable horological developments. The modern version in the Chronomaster Revival is the in-house El Primero 400, beating at its characteristic 5Hz and offering 50 hours of power reserve. Unlike a vintage watch, the movement is visible through an exhibition case back.
The new Chronomaster Revival Shadow appears to be joining other regular production models, rather than being introduced as a limited edition. It’ll be available soon on a strap for a price of $8,200.
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