Vintage Zenith El Primero Cover Girl A3818 Steel Chronograph Automatic Gay Freres Wristwatch
Model Name: El Primero
Caseback Serial #, Circa: 905D921, 1970's
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: El Primero Caliber 3019 Automatic Movement
Case Dimensions: 37mm excluding Crown
Bracelet: Zenith Ladder Style Gay Freres Signed Bracelet
Dial: T Swiss T Signed Zenith Blue Dial w/ Chronograph & Date Function (100% Original)
Bezel: Blue Tacymetre Bezel
Box, Papers: N/A
For sale from Hashtag Watch Co. is this very rare Vintage Zenith El Primero Cover Girl A3818 Steel Chronograph Wristwatch. The 37mm steel case is incredibly sharp, bevels on all sides of case are robust/ defined. Stainless Steel Gay Freres/ Zenith Signed bracelet will accompany a 7.5" wrist size. Dial has a vibrant blue dial worthy of the nickname "Cover Girl", some lume is missing at the 8 and 9 o'clock position, some spotting at the 11 o'clock position as well. The caliber 3019 El Primero automatic movement is running and keeping time, chronograph function starts and resets to 0. Crystal is free of surface scratches.
A little bit of History about the El Primero from Phillps Auction House:
"In 1969 Zenith first debuted their 'El Primero' line as the firm’s first chronograph featuring an automatic movement. Unfortunately, in 1975 Zenith Radio decided to not only stop production, but also destroy the machinery necessary to manufacture the model. This decision was a direct result of the Quartz movement, which led watch manufacturers at the time to believe that mechanical watches were becoming obsolete. But in fact, they were wrong.
Charles Vermont, a specialist who developed this caliber, hid the equipment required to make these watches and recorded the instructions to construct the design in a personal notebook. After years of being forgotten about, in 1984 the saved tools were put back to work and the production of the ‘El Primero’ resumed."