In the 1970s and 1980s, the Swiss watchmaking industry was hit by quartz and experienced an unprecedented crisis. The main production tools of the El Primero movement were protected and quickly re-produced in 1984. Other movements were not so fortunate. During that time, Zenith decided to develop a new and precise movement to enrich the watch category, as there were no other movements produced by itself for the classic watch series, which also demonstrated Zenith’s consistent watchmaking. Philosophy: Build everything from the most complex to the most subtle.
The original idea of the watchmaking experts was to still use the frequency of 36,000 times per hour, but it was not implemented for technical reasons (at the time the brand had a good grasp of the technology and had sufficient experience), but they did not think that timekeeping was needed A functional watch did not really need to be equipped with a high vibration frequency, so it was finally decided to use a vibration frequency of 28,800 times per hour to develop a new movement. This research and development project started in 1991, and after three years of research on the ultra-thin modular automatic winding movement, the Elite movement finally came out.
Elite 682 movement exploded view
Become famous: ‘Best Movement of the Year’ at Basel 1994
In 1994, the Elite movement debuted at the Baselworld Watch Fair and was immediately well received. Watch experts praise its many outstanding features, and its slim shape is even more amazing. Professional media consistently voted it the ‘Movement of the Year’. It is the first multi-function movement with the aid of computer-aided design (CAD), which is not only sold to other brands, but also developed in multiple versions. This 11-leg sub-calibration has a power reserve of more than 50 hours, which can stand the test of time and derive a new shape in the future.
Elite ultra-thin watch
Elite 6150 movement reappears glory of the past
Although the Elite movement has attracted much attention since its inception, and its impeccable quality has been impeccable for more than two decades, it has been hailed as one of the most accurate and reliable movements on the market. However, it has always been enveloped in the brother’s movement El Primero. Under the legendary halo, he gradually forgotten the fame of the first life.
Therefore, Zenith Watch Factory is determined to revitalize the splendor of the Elite movement, optimize the existing functions of the movement, and improve this basic movement according to contemporary aesthetic standards to tap the endless potential of this series and create a new one for it. Style. The Elite 6150 movement is the cornerstone of many new versions of the movement in the future. Zenith will open up a unique development direction for it in the long time in the future, which will definitely bring great changes to the watch industry. It will regain the glory of the past under the shining of the star.