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THE NEWEST WATCH UPDATES THE LOOK AND FEEL OF A BLACK-CASED EL PRIMERO WATCH ZENITH MADE AS A PROTOTYPE IN THE EARLY 1970S . DUBBED ‘ THE SHADOW ,’ the update utilizes an original A384 case shape and 37mm size , the same case Zenith revisited for last year ’ s Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384 .

Here , instead of the darkened steel Zenith discovered on the early “ Shadow ” model , Zenith has re-created the stealthy look using micro-blasted titanium .
Not surprisingly , unlike the prototype from 1970 powered by a manual-winding chronograph movement , the Chronomaster Revival Shadow features Zenith ’ s date-free El Primero ( 4061 ), visible through the display back .
As Zenith explains “ only a handful of this spectral prototype was made , but the model was never officially produced or commercialized . Many watchmakers and longtime employees of Zenith had heard of and even seen one of the rare prototypes , even though official records about this piece are extremely scarce .”
The Le Locle-based watchmaker spent much of 2019 documenting its El Primero history as it celebrated the pioneering , high-beat chronograph movement ’ s fiftieth anniversary by issuing a series of celebratory watches , many of which were made to echo the case and dial designs of early Zenith watches fitted with the El Primero movements .
The new Chronomaster Revival Shadow pairs grey subdials with a matching tachymeter scale , and both contrast nicely with matte black dial . Perhaps to emphasize its stealthy name , the watch ’ s hands and applied markers are filled with white SuperLuminova that emits a green glow . The watch ’ s strap is textured black rubber with white stitching . Price : $ 8,200 .
Zenith Chronomaster Revival ‘ Shadow ” Reference : 97 . T384.4061 / 21 . C822 MOVEMENT : El Primero 4061 Automatic with column-wheel chronograph , 36,000 VpH frequency with 50-hour power reserve , visible from clear caseback . FUNCTIONS : Hours and minutes in the center , small seconds at nine o ’ clock . CHRONOGRAPH : Central chronograph hand , 12-hour counter at six o ’ clock , 30-minute counter at three o ’ clock . Tachymetric scale . CASE : 37-mm micro-blasted titanium using original A384 case shape , water resistant to 50 meters . DIAL : Black with grey counters and tachymeter scale , hand and markers rhodium-plated , faceted and coated with SuperLumiNovaSLN C1 . BRACELET & BUCKLE : Black “ cordura effect ” strap and white stitching . Micro-blasted titanium pin buckle .