Zenith vintage is on the up-and-up as of late. The El Primero was probably the first ever automatic chronograph watch, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest chronographs of all time. Like many of the recent vintage-market trends, prices on the early series El Primero has been grown exponentially, and what was once considered “affordable vintage” is now anything but.
But, for those who know what to look for, it is easy to recognize that vintage Zenith is not comprised of a “one-man show”. Enter, the Zenith Cal. 146. The 146HP and 146DP movements were the last manual wind movements used by Zenith in a chronograph before the roll-out of the El Primero high beat movements in 1969. Often fitted with a sexy sunburst dial that shines right back at you, and straight lugs that add an extra to layer to how they sit on the wearer’s wrist, it’s no wonder these pieces are highly sought after by serious collectors.
This one is in super mint condition, with a very seldom seen dark grey dial color. Finding another in this condition and dial configuration won’t be easy, so speak now or forever SOLD your peace!