The Zenith Military Connection
The military has used watches since the 1800’s. However, their place as indispensable tools for combat began in WWI. It was then that military forces began tapping certain watchmakers to design and manufacture watches with detailed specifications for their troops.
Zenith is one
In the watch industry, it’s crucial to be on the forefront of in-house research and development to stay competitive. One of the best ways to update a current model or debut a new one is to create a groundbreaking new movement that sets the bar
Ask three different watch collectors who produced the world’s first automatic chronograph and you’ll receive three different answers.
Some will insist it was Zenith, who announced their El Primero movement in January of 1969 -- the first automatic chronograph announced to the public. Others will claim
Zenith has a long history, part of which involves the race for the first automatic chronograph movement. This began in the early 60’s and was meant to be achieved in time for Zenith’s centennial in 1965. As noted by Jeff Stein in “Project 99:” In