Defy El Primero 21

Bracelet strap
Folding buckle
Dial finish
Water resistance
100 m
ø 44 mm
14.5 mm
Self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: 50 h, 36000 variations / hours
Silicium escapement
Skeleton movement
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Power reserve indicator, Chronograph, Special escapement
100th second chronograph
Launch date
Price incl. VAT
12’900 CHF

Zenith reflects far horizons with the Defy El Primero 21 blue

Zenith stunned the world in 2017 with the grand release of the new Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21. A chronometric reinvention of accuracy and reliability, the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 is the ultimate embodiment of the spirit of innovation that has coursed through Zenith’s blood for the past 150 years. Its natural charisma is beautifully showcased in this delightfully elegant true blue version.

In 1969, Zenith launched El Primero, the first ever fully integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, enabling 1/10th of a second precision. The ultimate fulfilment of a quest for perfection and a proven ability to create watchmaking legends, this groundbreaking model laid a new milestone in watchmaking history that had never been surpassed – until now. Half a century later, Zenith has once again defied tradition and pushed all existing boundaries, leading us into the world of 1/100th of a second accuracy. A legend reborn, the Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 is the shining 21st century symbol of a new future for a brand with a truly unique guiding star.

When it comes to pursuing the extreme, Zenith knows no limits

The Zenith DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 represents a quantum leap in both performance and mechanical design. This is a competition against no-one but itself. The newly upgraded movement of this outstanding timepiece boasts a frequency of 360,000 A/H (50 Hz), ten times that of its world-famous El Primero predecessor, enabling 1/100th of a second precision. An exquisitely designed display magnifies the effect of this astonishing frequency: the inner bezel bears a scale graduated from 1 to 100 around which a 1/100th of a second hand sweeps at a lightning speed of one turn per second, offering unprecedented visual impact and a surreal time-travelling experience for the lucky wearer. 

Echoing the trend in modern engineering development and ensuring optimal performance, this incredible mechanical complication is achieved using a far smaller number of components, minimizing tedious assembly and adjustments. In addition to significantly improved performance and mechanical structure, the design of the TIME LAB-chronometer certified DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 draws inspiration from the rugged good looks of its 1969 predecessor. Framed by a 44 mm case made of grade 5 titanium, the openworked dial of the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 offers a resolutely contemporary background for the key identifying characteristics of the legendary original: a star-tipped sweep-seconds hand, large luminescent baton-type hands and facetted hour-markers all paying proud tribute in a stunning demonstration of futuristic brilliance.

Paradoxically an instant fix for anyone’s blues, the elegant and efficient TIMELAB-chronometer certified DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 BLUE features a gleaming titanium case with matching rhodium-plated hour markers and hands. The openworked dial elegantly displays a chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o'clock, hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at 9 o'clock, black 60-second counter at 6 o'clock and the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21’s trademark blue 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, offset by the unusual and visually striking blue mainplate.

Designed to please a range of tastes, the DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 BLUE offers a choice of three striking straps from black rubber covered with a sophisticated blue alligator leather coating; the comfort of supple blue rubber; or the sleekness of unadulterated titanium, all with a titanium double folding clasp. This magnificent timepiece, endowed with a generous 50-hour power reserve and water-resistant to 100 metres, is sure to please the most discerning gentleman diver.