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Zenith Chronomaster Original Steel Black Bracelet 38mm

by Zenith
$ 9,500.00
SKU 26018
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Zenith presents the Chronomaster Original - The 21st Century rendition of the most iconic El Primero, the A386. Seen here in a 38mm steel case with a sharp black dial on a steel bracelet, the Chronomaster Original is heralded for its ability to measure and display 1/10 of a second with a 60 hour power reserve and stop-second mechanism.

Ref. 03.3200.3600/21.M3200

To inquire about availability please phone 303.572.1111

Available with different case, dial, and strap options. Shop the entire Chronomaster Original collection at Oster Jewelers.

Few watches have been as influential and truly iconic as the Zenith A386, which made its debut in 1969 as one of the first steel watches to be equipped with the revolutionary El Primero calibre – the world’s first automatic high-frequency integrated chronograph movement. While Zenith has paid tribute to many of its emblematic historical references, a steel rendition as part of the permanent Zenith collection has long been something that Zenith collectors and chronograph aficionados have been eagerly awaiting. With the Chronomaster Original, Zenith has gone a step further by masterfully retaining the singular and enduringly relevant design of the A386 while packing the performance of the 21st century version of the El Primero boasting 1/10th of a second precision and time measurement.

Upon a first glance, the Chronomaster Original, and the A386 it’s based on, appear nearly identical. The design element mainstays have overwhelmingly carried through on to this updated version with a few nuanced differences. The steel bracelet has been reimagined, foregoing the open “ladder” design of the 1960s for solid links that are sumptuously chamfered and decorated in the same fashion as the case. The black inner scale surrounding the dial of the A386, once used to calculate time spent working using a 1/100th of an hour time division system, finds a new purpose in the Chronomaster Original, with its 1/10th of a second chronograph hand making a rotation around the dial in 10 seconds, totalling 100 measurable time units. Substituting the tachymeter scale on the outer circumference on the dial, a 1/10th of a second chronograph scale takes its place, allowing for the measurement and reading of elapsed time in precise fractions of a second. And for instantaneous, precise reading of the 10th of a second, the paddle-shaped seconds hand of the original A386 has been replaced with a straight, red-lacquered hand. The logo has also been updated to the more contemporary script Zenith uses today.

The result of 50 years of gradual improvement and a true mastery of the automatic high-frequency chronograph movement, the Chronomaster Original is equipped with the latest version of the El Primero calibre, dubbed the El Primero 3600. With its high frequency of 5 Hz (36’000 VpH), the movement is able to precisely offer a true 1/10th of second indication. Its autonomy has also been rendered more efficient, with an extended power reserve of 60 hours. Visible through the sapphire display back, the new architecture features a sleeker and more open design, revealing a blue column wheel and open rotor marked with the five-pointed star Zenith. They say true icons never fade away. The Chronomaster Original not only upholds the legacy of the A386, one of the most important chronograph wristwatches ever made, but sets a new standard of exemplary performance through the Zenith Manufacture’s everlasting pursuit of precision.


El Primero 3600 Automatic
36'000 VpH (5 Hz)
Power Reserve
Approx. 60 hours
1/10th of a second chronograph:
- Central chronograph hand that makes one turn in 10 seconds
- 60-minute counter at 6'o'clock
- 60-second counter at 3 o'clock
Hours & minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o'clock
38 mm
White-lacquered dial with three different colored counters
Rhodium-plated, faceted, and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1
Rhodium-plated, faceted, and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1

Oster Jewelers is an Authorized Zenith Retailer