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Zenith El Primero - A Triple Calendar and Moonphase with Chronograph - 18k - c.1991 – Limited Edition

£10,350.00GBP
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A Very Rare - Zenith El Primero, Triple Calendar Moonphase Chronograph 18k Wristwatch - c.1991 – A Limited Edition - Quickset - No.23 of only 250 Produced and Sold Worldwide!

Established in 1865, Zenith is one of the longest established watchmakers in the world and one of the few that still produce their own mechanical movements. 

In 1969 Zenith produced one of if not the world’s first automatic chronograph, the El Primero. This movement was the masterstroke for Zenith, so much so that 20 years later, when Rolex was looking for a more advanced movement for their chronograph Daytona, the El Primero was chosen. 

This movement can accurately measure time to 1/10th of a second and even today very few chronographs are capable of achieving this. 

The first Triple Calendar, Moonphase Chronograph was introduced by adding these functions to its self-winding El Primero Chronograph movement for this very limited edition watch. 

This magnificent watch made its retail debut in the very early 1990s and hails from a production run of only 250 pieces ever made, making it one of the rarest and most desirable chronographs ever produced. 

What’s On Offer 

This limited edition model, number 23 of only 250 ever made - the stunning dial is signed as such - was released to coincide with the celebration of the 700th Anniversary of the Swiss Confederation in 1991. The watch boasts 7 functions: 1. Chronograph accurate to 0.10 sec, 2. Day, 3. Date, 4. Month, 5. Quickset, 6. Moonphase, 7. Self-Winding movement. Recently serviced, all functions are in excellent working order. 

The case is in almost perfect condition, completely scratch free, the lugs have retained their sharp edges and appear almost new. The chronograph pushers are also in immaculate condition, indicating the watch has seen very little use. 

The case back is correctly signed ‘Zenith’ and ‘Swiss Made’ with the model number 30.0220 410 and an 18K hallmark, it also carries a map of Switzerland and the inscription ‘700 ans Confédération Helvétique’ denoting the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation. 

Offered for sale with its original black Zenith crocodile strap and original Zenith 18k gold pin buckle, this beautiful and very rare watch comes complete with box and paper and Chronometre Certificate and is in pristine condition. This really is a rare opportunity to acquire something rather exceptional and a great investment piece. 


Additional information

Made From

Case: 18k Yellow Gold

Dial: Satin Ivory

Crystal: Sapphire Crystal

Bracelet: Original Zenith Black Crocodile


Technical specifications

Winding: Automatic/Manual

Movement Type: Mechanical Automatic

Calibre: 410

Jewels: 31

Waterproof: n/a

Power reserve: Approx. 50hrs

Purchase Details

Condition: 9.5/10

Model Reference Number: 30.0220 410

Date of issue: c.1991

Guarantee: 12 months by VWS

Dimensions

Width: 39.5

Lug width: 21.5

Lug height: (lug to lug) 47mm

Wrist size:  Adjustable