Zenith El Primero Ref. A3817

Zenith El Primero Ref. A3817

Dial: Original Tri-color dial ("pulsations" rubbed off)

Hands:  Original hand set  

Crown: Replacement crown

Case-back:  Original SP 1301 logo engraved

Bracelet: Original Gay Freres signed Zenith ladder bracelet, stamped second quarter of 1971, (1) ZKM end-link, other is missing.  Original owner wore it on a Zenith issued black leather strap with signed buckle.  Vintage leather straps in photos are included and comes with vintage Zenith buckle.   

Movement:  Zenith El Primero 31 jewels "Hi beat 36,000" 3019 PHC movement

No box or papers and service history is unknown.  The watch is currently running well, keeping excellent time and the chronograph is operating as it should.  

History:  "About 1,000 pieces of the ref A3817 were produced, in comparison to around 2,500 pieces for the ref A386, which makes the A3817 significantly rarer." -Zhou, Hodinkee.  https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-zenith-ref-a3817

Notes:  For your consideration is an opportunity to own a reference that rarely comes up for sale.  The beautiful Zenith El Primero A3817 with its one of kind Tri-color dial and legendary hi-beat movement.  While at first glance it appears to look exactly like the A386 dial, upon close inspection it is clear that they are not the same.  These were not left over dials from the A386 that were simply thrown in a different case but actually a dial made and intended for the A3817.  The most distinctive features on the dial are the grey outer tachymeter ring and the 9 o'clock sub dial with its bright blue accents and hand.  Add the completely different hands and case and you have a unique El Primero that one could argue is Zenith's best looking.  Here is your rare opportunity to own this special reference. 

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