Zenith’s 50th anniversary El Primero A384 Revival watch was a best seller in 2019, according to the company’s chief executive Julien Tornare, and its distinctive case shape has been adopted for another model in the Revival range this year, the Chronomaster Revival Shadow.
The Shadow has an interesting back story. It is based on a 1970 prototype for a stealth bomber of a watch coated in black PVD that never made it into production.
There were four prototypes of the watch made, two of which must be with collectors because they have been sold at auctions, one has never been seen and one turned up in the vaults at Zenith.
Rather than make the watch in steel with a black coating, Zenith has forged it from titanium with a microblasted finish to make it darker, textured and matte.
It has a black dial with grey subdials and bright white contrasting markers framed by a grey tachymeter bezel.
Inside the 37mm case is an El Primero 4061 automatic chronograph movement.
Its strap is rubber, but has been given a fabric Cordura finish.
The watch is not limited, and will go on sale for CHF 8,400.