Skip to content


Your cart is empty

Zenith El Primero Chronograph Ref A386 - MkIII

Sale price$0.00

Straight Facts

1969 didn’t just mark the end of the Race to the Moon - but it was also the end of the Race to build the first Automatic chronograph movement. As the name would imply, El Primeo means The First. It was the culmination of years of development that Zenith did on their own, and was unveiled to the world on January 10, 1969 at a press conference to the industry. The A386 was the first reference to proudly use this El Primero movement, and its colorful oversized sub-registers have been beloved by collectors ever since. The present example is an early Mark III variant which hails from about 1971. The case features razor sharp bevels which is impressive on a watch that recently celebrated its 51st birthday. One of the tell-tale signs of a Mark III is the early Zenith logo emblazoned on the caseback, as well as the slightly revised and more legible handset.

*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.

Stainless Steel 1971 Automatic Sport

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

"The company focuses on good prices for its pieces, elite customer service and full transparency."

"The appointment-only space is inviting, with comfortable seating areas and exposed brick walls."

From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

Oliver & Clarke