At a look, the Chronomaster Sport assortment is Swiss Zenith Watches’ reply to the mega-popular Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Because the debut of this assortment in 2021 with the all-steel mannequin (lined on aBlogtoWatch right here), Zenith has had a venerable hit with one main promoting level being availability.. Zenith priced its metal model with ceramic bezel inside a stone’s throw of what Rolex was charging for its metal Daytona with a ceramic bezel watch. It was sensible advertising. In the present day, I take a look at an much more elevated grouping of Zenith Chronomaster Sport watches that embody the two-tone reference 51.3100.3600/69.M3100, the all-gold with white dial reference 18.3101.3600/69.M3100 and the all-gold with black dial reference 18.3101.3600/21.M3100.
These watches too are in their very own method an “reply” to merchandise that Rolex sells however with a lot of Zenith branding. I feel the one essential level that enables these watches to stay each related and fascinating in distinction to the Rolex Daytona is Zenith’s historical past with Rolex. What few lovers recall right now is that, for a couple of decade, Rolex Daytona watches included a Zenith El Primero computerized chronograph motion. It wasn’t till Rolex launched its personal in-house chronograph motion within the early 2000s that the Daytona stopped utilizing the El Primero. So, to have a Zenith watch that’s impressed by the El Primero may be very a lot an train in enjoying with the model’s personal DNA.
Accordingly, these Chronomaster Sport watches include the in-house Zenith computerized caliber El Primero 3600 chronograph motion. That is simply an replace on the traditional 1/10 of a second chronograph, 5Hz (36,000 bph) El Primero motion. The dial consists of the time, date, and 1/10 of a second 60-minute chronograph (which, after all, is a bit totally different from the Rolex Daytona and different three-subdial chronograph actions that usually have 12-hour chronograph dials). The motion has an influence reserve of 60 hours and is constructed from 311 components being properly displayed by means of the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback.
The Chronomaster Sport watch dials signify Zenith El Primero heritage with the three-color overlapping subdials. Whereas from a distance, the watch has a Daytona-esque vibe to it, when you rise up shut and private with Chronomaster Sport, you understand that it is extremely a lot a Zenith in most respects (we are able to forgive the “iconic-looking” tachymeter scale bezels) starting from the dial components to the case form. The instances are 41mm-wide with 100 meters of water resistance. Total, Zenith did a very nice design job of mixing its personal persona with the texture of a Nineties Rolex Daytona. Carrying these watches is accordingly very pleasing and remarkably conservative given what most individuals take into consideration lots of right now’s Zenith watches.
What these three watches even have in widespread is 18k gold — metal and gold for the reference 51.3100.3600/69.M3100 and strong 18k gold for the opposite two fashions. The gold bracelets usually are not completed just like the metal ones (they give the impression of being related however really feel totally different when held) and, for my part, have a extra luxurious jewellery really feel to them. Zenith bevels the sides with sharpening on the bracelet hyperlinks (each the metal and gold items) which appreciably provides to their visible attraction. The sensation on the wrist for these heavy gold fashions is elegant and meaningfully substantial. Personally, I like the scale which looks like a great mix between traditional and fashionable in proportion.
Over the dial is a box-style sapphire crystal which lends a extra vintage-style to the general design. Once more, that is Zenith being impressed by not fashionable Daytona watches, however slightly these from the previous which truly contained Zenith El Primero actions. That few persons are capable of purchase moderately priced Rolex Daytona watches with Zenith actions implies that these new Chronomaster Sport watches are a superb new alternative to personal an excellent sort of watch-wearing expertise. In contrast to with most different chronograph watches, you additionally get the 5Hz accuracy in addition to the quickly shifting 1/10 of a second chronograph hand, which is enjoyable to play with and think about.
Visually, I like these gold and two-tone Chronomaster Sport watches much more than the all-steel variations (which presently additionally provide new mannequin with a tri-color blue, grey, and black ceramic bezel). There are many different metal sports activities watch chronographs available on the market for me to wish to chase a contemporary Daytona look. With these gold fashions, Zenith captures a few of that unmet Daytona demand, but in addition invokes its previous relationship with Rolex and creates a contemporary watch that basically needs to stay within the Nineties. I dig it. Worth for the Zenith Chronomaster Sport watch in metal and 18k gold is $17,000 USD, and the all-18k gold mannequin has a retail worth of $38,200 USD. Study extra on the Zenith watches web site right here.