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During the 1960s, four major brands got into an intense competition over creating the first-ever self-winding chronograph wristwatch. Heuer and Breitling collaborated and received the support of Hamilton, Buren, and Dubois-Depraz, while Zenith and Seiko chose to go their own way. By early 1969, all four companies had come up with a chronograph wristwatch that featured automatic winding, and they had all done remarkable jobs. The Caliber 11 from Heuer, the 6139 from Seiko, and Zenith’s El Primero all proved to be accurate and reliable, well-engineered movements, each of which would go on to inspire a diverse line-up of respective successors.
Half a century after this watchmaking milestone, Zenith presented the “50 Years of El Primero” Anniversary Set – a boxed collection containing three chronographs. The one on offer here used to occupy the third compartment of the presentation box, and it was included in the set as a symbol of the brand’s progressive, forward-facing attitude.
The Defy El Primero 21 is powered by the new El Primero 21 1/100 of a second chronograph – the culmination of a 50-year-long quest for horological perfection. The caliber was given this numerical designation because Zenith considers it “the automatic chronograph of the 21st century”, and it would be very difficult to dispute their claim. The movement oscillates at a frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour – ten times higher than its predecessor – and measures time to the nearest one-hundredth of a second, with the chronograph hand completing a full revolution in just one second. The skeletonized dial proudly displays this marvel of horological engineering (as does the sapphire caseback) and it features three solid subsidiary dials in the original El Primero colors. It’s also framed by a magnificent 44 mm Gradе 5 titanium case with a large fluted crown, flat push-pieces, and short lugs integrating a comfy black rubber/alligator leather strap.
Our offering is in excellent condition and comes with its original papers, but, understandably, without the collector’s presentation box. We have included an original Zenith box to offset this injustice. Also included is an original blue rubber strap.
Covered by manufacturers international warranty (started in 12.2019).
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At ChronoTimepieces we offer a wide selection of Certified Pre-Owned watches that are sure to impress. Our team of expert watchmakers and technicians have taken great care to ensure that each watch in our selection is in excellent condition, and are ready to be worn and enjoyed for many years to come.
All of our Certified Pre-Owned watches have been carefully inspected, serviced, and refurbished to ensure that they meet the highest standards of quality and functionality. We take pride in offering only the best Pre-Owned watches, and have a passion for helping our customers find the perfect timepiece to suit their needs and preferences.
Our Certified Pre-Owned watches offer a number of benefits over new watches. They are often less expensive than new watches, and may offer a more unique or hard-to-find style. Additionally, because they have been inspected, serviced if needed and taken care of, they are in excellent condition and have already undergone any necessary repairs or maintenance.
In addition to our commitment to quality, we also offer a 1-year Warranty on all of our Certified Pre-Owned watches. This gives you peace of mind and confidence in your purchase, knowing that if any issues arise within the first year after purchase, we will be happy to repair or replace the watch at no additional cost to you.
At ChronoTimepieces, we take great pride in the quality and authenticity of our watches.
Every watch undergoes a thorough inspection process to ensure that it is in fully-authentic condition, both externally and internally. This includes checking all components for authenticity and functionality, as well as servicing and testing where needed.
All of our modern watches are carefully inspected and serviced where needed to ensure that they are in excellent condition and ready to be worn and enjoyed for many years to come. We only source our from reputable dealers, private sellers and manufacturers and we take great care to ensure that they are authentic, with non-questinable origins and have not been tampered with in any way.
For our vintage watches, we go above and beyond to ensure that they are in excellent condition and have not been tampered with over the years. We check each vintage watch against our database of original examples to ensure that no components have been replaced or tampered with, and we try our best to only use OEM parts for servicing.
We understand that many vintage watches sold online have been re-dialed, overpolished, or have movement parts with questionable origins, so we are committed to upholding the highest standards of authenticity and quality in our vintage watches. If there are any exceptions to this, we will always disclose them in the descriptive text for the respective timepiece.
In addition to our commitment to authenticity, we also offer a 1-year warranty on all of our watches. This gives you peace of mind and confidence in your purchase, knowing that if any issues arise within the first year after purchase, we will be happy to repair or replace the watch.
ChronoTimepieces’s service including, without limitation, our website, all information, content and any features made available to you through our Site are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Our directors, employees, agents, partners and content providers do not warrant that the service will be secure or available at any particular time or location.
Unless agreed otherwise in an individual case, ChronoTimepieces does not give any guarantees as to the characteristics of the goods which go beyond the statutory warranty rights or any other warranties.
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The prices stated on our Site do not include neither shipping costs, nor handling costs. You are notified of these costs before you place your order. We do provide a flat rate shipping on all orders – 43 € and we ship worldwide via expedited shipping with DHL Express, signed and insured postage only, with an expected time of arrival between 2 and 3 business days.
All our orders are shipped within 1 business day of payment clearing. All prices are inclusive of value added tax if applicable, which is shown separately prior to placing your order. Prior to your order, all prices stated on our Site may be changed at any time without advance notice.
Please note, that any delivery dates and delivery periods provided by ChronoTimepieces or a contractor appointed by us are merely estimated information and do not constitute binding or guaranteed dates.
Orders outside of the European Union are subject to customs duties and/or other taxes. Please check with your local authorities (e.g. customs office) for additional information prior to buying. Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item’s price or in the shipping cost. These charges will occur at your own expense.
Please ensure all the information is correct when providing your shipping details during checkout. We may have to contact you if there is any missing information or incorrect data. Delays may also occur due to pending payment verifications or customs clearance.
In the case of order not being shipped successfully due to incorrect information provided by you (contact number, address, etc.) or in the case of an unaccepted package, the shipping fees will occur at your own expense. The shipping expenses (and the costs of returning the item/s) will be deducted from the total order sum when issuing a refund.
Each item sold by ChronoTimepieces is covered by a no-questions-asked 14 day inspection period, unless otherwise stated in the description of the purchased item. The item, however, must remain unworn and unmolested within that period of time – and in the same condition that it left our offices. If a return is requested, simply email email@example.com and we will respond with instructions. Insured shipping for returns must be paid for by the buyers and buyers assume all risk for it. A before and after video comparison and inspection is required before returns are cleared.
The return must be addressed to original address it was first shipped from, unless otherwise agreed upon beforehand.
Before returning the order, you must send a written notice (email or physical mail), explicitly mentioning your decision to return the order.
In the event of an effective return of order, the price of the purchased item/s will be returned to you. The shipping costs for returning the item will occur at your own expense and will be deducted from your refund. Shipping costs are non-refundable.
The payment will be refunded via the same payment method that had been used by you in the original purchase if not explicitly agreed otherwise with you. ChronoTimepieces will not charge any cost associated with refunding the money.
In the case of deterioration of the purchased items, attributable to handling the goods in a manner which goes beyond testing their qualities and functioning, you owe a compensation to ChronoTimepieces. “Testing their qualities and functioning” shall be understood to mean testing and trying out the purchased items in a manner which is possible and usual, for example, in a physical store.
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