I want to sell this really nice and extremely rare example of Zenith El Primero A386 1969 Mark 1.
It is equiped with the iconic 3019 PHC high-beat movement, with 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 hz) permitting measurements to a tenth of a second.
The El Primero Ref. A386 has become extremely hard to find and is without any doubts the first choice for those whose collect Zenith’s watches or High frequency 1970s vintage chronographs. According to the book Zenith, by Joël Duval the model, ref. A386, was produced between 1969 and 1972, a total production of 4500 examples in stainless steel. According to the book Zenith, by Manfred Rössler, Edition Damiani, only 2500 examples of the A386 reference were produced between 1969 and 1971.
Rare, made in small quantities, well-powered with its column wheel high beat cal. 3019, the Zenith A386 has become an absolute classic. The kind of watch who immediately attracts the collector’s eyes. The watch is a true classic.
Versions of the A386 model:
The model can be split into three production runs:
- The Mark I, early production series, with case no. 538DXXX to 539DXXX, estimate range in the 200 to 400, with thin sub dials hands, plain (or smooth) case back, no groove on the lugs, slightly different design from the two other mark, dial with letter P (from CHRONOGRAPH) and letter C (from AUTOMATIC) perfectly superposed, winding crown set with a four pointed star inside a circle inside case back engraved and centered, as follow, by order of appearance from top to bottom « Zenith, Swiss Made, Acier Inoxydable » (no Spillman number).
The case is untouched, minor signs or wear, hairline scratches as seen in pictures, as to be expected for a 50 year old watch. I don't know service history but the watch keeps time perfectly and all functions (start-stop-reset) work as they should.
The dial is a Mark II with some dirt upon it. Maybe changed during a service? It's becoming tropical.
The Tachy, the hands, crown ecc. are all original.
It fits very well on every wrist.
It comes with a italian suede leather strap.
Please see the pics.
I can send more photos upon request.
€8500 or best offer.
The watch is located near Milan, Italy.
Face to face is welcome :)
I can ship it also worldwide with express courier DHL or FEDEX.
Payment via Bankwire.
Plenty of Refs.
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