Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph Titanium 44mm Automatic 95.9000.9004
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Rewinding back a little over 2 years ago to Baselworld 2017, there were really just a handful of watches that grabbed my attention and the Zenith Defy El Primero 21 led the pack. In fact, it was among my favorite watches from last year. It checked all the right boxes. Fun to look at? Check. Functional chronograph? Check. Modern movement? Check. Reasonably affordable? Check. When I got the opportunity to review the titanium model, I jumped. For the most part, it lived up to the hype I had for it.
Before we delve into the watch, let’s discuss a bit of the history behind Zenith, the context of the Defy model, and why this watch was exciting (for me at least). Introduced in 1969, the El Primero was arguably the first fully integrated automatic chronograph. Followed shortly after came the Zenith Defy, a watch that was definitely a step out of normality for a brand. It was a very cool 3-hander with a date window at 4:30 that I’ve come to find isn’t as easy to obtain as one would think. The Defy models have progressed, a few residual models were released, but nothing has been as interesting as the original design.
For me, it held a certain charm that I found appealing even almost 50 years later, and the “first mechanical chronograph” charm of the regular El Primero rode itself out for me. When Zenith announced that they were debuting a re-vamped El Primero Defy with a new movement, a new look, and a new attitude, I got excited even though the new Defy was a total step out from the original design (which later came without the unique case shape at Baselworld 2018 with the Defy Classic). The Defy El Primero 21 marries the best features of the original El Primero, with the other-worldly design DNA of the classic Defy models.
Absolutely Gorgeous Defy Zenith El Primero 21 Chronograph! Just incredible to view in person & the movement is just Stunning! A Complete box set with Zenith Factory Warranty in effect Until Dec 2021! Brand new Black alligator strap with Titanium deployment buckle! Actually even nicer in person than in the pictures if that is possible!
MODEL: Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph
MOVEMENT: Automatic SWISS
CROWN: Push/Pull crown
DIAL: Skeleton Dial
BEZEL: Non rotating
CONDITION: Pre owned – As-New – Remaining Zenith warranty
BOXES/PAPERS: Yes – 100% Complete Box Set – Everything you see in the pictures!
WATER RESISTANCE: – 100m
STRAP/BRACELET: – Original Zenith Black Alligator Nubuck strap with Zenith Titanium Deployment buckle.
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