Movement : Automatic Zenith Cal. 3019PHC
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa. 1973
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 13mm
Lug to Lug : 39.5mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as “Watch Only” and therefore has no original Zenith box and Zenith paperwork. The watch comes paired with a 19mm leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1973 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition for its age as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Here we have a 1973 Zenith El Primero Surf 3019PHC 01.0210.415 with a classic 36mm “C” shaped stainless steel case, a subtle curve of the case leads to a lug-to-lug length of 39.5mm and a case thickness of 13mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. Down the right side, we have the piston chronograph pushers and a signed crown in the centre. A polished smooth bezel holds a domed crystal above a striking silver dial, an outer minute track is precisely executed with applied gold-coloured baton indexes marking the hours, between 4 and 5 we have a date window, at 3 o’clock a 30-minute register, at 6 o’clock a 12-hour register and finally at 9 o’clock continuous seconds register, each recessed adding depth and interest to the dial. Slender baton hands have luminous tips complemented by a tapered chronograph hand, at 12 o’clock we have an applied Zenith motif with Automatic El Primero printed underneath. On the reverse a screw-down case back, inside an automatic Zenith Cal. 3019PHC was released in 1969 this was one of the first automatic chronographs, the watch comes fitted on a 19mm leather strap.
Anyone who knows me knows my absolute love for Zenith and especially vintage El Primero's! In a world of increasing demand and popularity in vintage I am surprised these are still priced where they are, when we consider historical importance in the watch world Zenith ranks high in that, then we take into account design and beauty, Zenith also ranks high in that for me, all this combined and we still have pieces like this for the prices they are, blows my mind and I believe the market will catch up eventually, so snap them up whilst you can!
Zenith was founded in 1865 by 22-year-old watchmaker Georges Favre-Jacot. Their manufacturing was based in Le Locle Switzerland. Famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who was the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911 and the North Pole in 1926, wore Zenith watches on his expeditions. In 1999 Zenith was purchased by LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) joining brands like TAG and Hublot. Zenith is one of the only Swiss manufacturers to still produce their own in-house movements. Their most recognised movement is the El Primero; it was released in 1969, went into production in 1975, and was re-issued in 1986. The introduction of the El Primero Automatic as the world's first Automatic Chronograph had a run from 1969 until 1975 when it was decided by Zenith Radio Corporation owners at that time until 1978, that all mechanical movements should cease production and all production be transferred to quartz. It was decreed that everything connected with the manual and El Primero movements is destroyed but thanks to the foresight of Charles Vermot, a foreman of one of the workshops, who hid away as much as he could get his hands on over several months including the 150 presses, thus saving these incredible movements. Thanks to a new contract In 1989 Rolex introduced the Daytona Ref 16520 with the El Primero Cal. 4030 inside which had a number of alterations made by Rolex and it was kept under wraps as to who they got their movements from unsurprisingly.