ZENITH’s audacious DEFY series, which first premiered in 1969 along with El Primero, took a major leap in 1971 to incorporate a vibrant color palette, starting with the A3691. Today, the watchmaker celebrates this model, and its striking burgundy dial, with the DEFY Revival A3691 – the second model in its collection of faithfully reproduced iconic DEFY watches.
The DEFY Revival A3691 is based on the 1971 reference. Its vibrant red gradient-effect dial and rugged geometric case were reproduced in stunningly accurate detail using the historical production plans. The watch features a fourteen-sided bezel, a deep glossy red dial with a prominent vignette effect that darkens towards the edges, unusual applied square hour markers with horizontal grooves, and the now-iconic Gay Frères steel “ladder” bracelet, which received a modern and ergonomic folding clasp.
In fact, the only cosmetic differences between the Revival and its ancestor are the sapphire crystal, the display case back and the type of luminescent pigments. The water resistance of 30ATM (300 meters) has also been preserved from the original, even with the addition of a display back.
Instead of the original’s solid case back decorated with a four-pointed star that became one of the brand’s logos and recurring design element for years, the DEFY Revival A3691 features a sapphire display back showing the automatic Elite 670 manufacture movement, operating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 VpH) and providing autonomy of 50 hours. The Elite 670 in-house manufacture movement beats within.
This $6,900 USD DEFY Revival A3691 is not limited, making this the first DEFY Revival model to become part of Zenith’s core collection.
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