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Such is the case at Zenith, in Le Locle, Switzerland The "Genier" of the building is the same in which a rogue Zenith employee named Charles Vermot famously hid the El Primero chronograph tooling back in the 1970s, despite being ordered to destroy it during the midst of the Quartz Crisus Vermot had the foresight to look to a time in the future when mechanical watchmaking would make a comeback, and we have him to thank for the survival of the El Primero chronograph movement, which has gone on to power countless watches since the tooling's rediscovery in the 1980s.
Stunned at this discovery of what may have been a prototype A386 dial hidden by Vermot himself, Zenith decided to put it into production in a new watch What we have now is a Zenith Revival piece - a reproduction of the original A386 from 1969, housing an El Primero cal Housed in a 38mm stainless steel case and featuring pump pushers, the new watch was originally intended for sale exclusively to visitors of the Zenith Manufacture in Le Locle - however the company will make it available via e-commerce given the coronavirus and restricted travel/visitation.
The Chronomaster Revival Manufacture Edition - which retails for $8,700 - will come with special packaging, a comic book about Charles Vermot and his story made by Swiss cartoonist Cosey, and a reproduction of the dial found in the Zenith atelier. . More
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