Zenith Port Royal Chronograph
Model: Port Royal Chronograph
Case size: 40 mm
Case material: Steel
Bracelet material: Steel
Water resistance: 50 meters
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Condition: Second hand watch in very good condition
Papers: Original papers
Box: Original box
Guarantee: We will provide you with an invoice and a 2-year guarantee issued under your name.
Zenith Port Royal Chronograph
The story of the Port Royal
Zenith is one of the oldest Swiss watchmakers, founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot in Le Locle. He envisioned a new way of watch manufacturing, where all the components of a timepiece would be made under one roof, ensuring the highest quality and precision. The company was named Zenith, after the highest point in the sky, symbolizing his ambition and excellence.
Zenith is best known for its El Primero movement, the world’s first automatic chronograph, launched in 1969. The El Primero beats at a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, which allows it to measure time with a tenth of a second accuracy, being the first to achieve such an impressive accomplishment. It is also one of the few movements that can display the date, the small seconds, and the chronograph functions on the same axis. It was also famously used in Rolex Daytona, more commonly known as Zenith Daytona, a revolutionary chronograph watch that is rapidly growing in price.
When seen, the dial is what instantaneously catches your eye. The black dial with white Arabic numerals and four distinct hour markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock serves as a foundation for the main feature of this watch - the three subdials.
First, we can notice the small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. This subdial shows the running seconds of the watch, independent of the chronograph function. It has a silver hand and a scale of 60 seconds. The second sundial that attracts our attention is the 30-minute counter subdial at 3 o’clock. This one records the elapsed minutes of the chronograph function, up to 30 minutes. It has a silver hand and a scale of 30 minutes, with markers every 5 minutes. And last but not least, the 12-hour counter subdial at 6 o’clock. This subdial records the elapsed hours of the chronograph function, up to 12 hours. It has a silver hand and a scale of 12 hours, with markers every hour.
The chronograph function can be activated by pressing the pusher at 2 o’clock, which starts, stops, and resets the central chronograph seconds hand. The pusher at 4 o’clock resets the chronograph function to zero. The watch also has a date window at 4:30, which displays the date of the month. The luminescent hour and minute hands are paired with a slim and elegant chronograph hand, that is always ready at 12 o’clock, waiting for a push of a button to start precisely measuring the elapsed time.
When turned, the breathtaking El Primero movement can be seen through a sapphire case. The winding mechanism bears the writing “Zenith El Primero”, removing any doubt about the performance of this watch. Around the movement, the writings “Swiss Made”, “01/02.0451.400”, “Water Resistant”, “Zenith”, “Port Royale”, and “Stainless Steel” stand as a proud testament to the quality of this watch.
The whole masterpiece is encapsulated in a simple and functional 40 mm stainless steel case, that ensures no harm will be done to the treasure inside. A comfortable stainless steel bracelet with a double-fold clasp will hold the timepiece to your wrist.
The investment value of the Port Royale
The Zenith Port Royal Chronograph ref. 01/02.0451.400 is a good investment for several reasons. First, it is a rare and collectable model that is no longer in production, and while its supply is limited and its demand is high. Second, it has the legendary El Primero movement, which is one of the most accurate and reliable chronograph movements in the history of watchmaking. Third, it has a sporty and elegant design that appeals to a wide range of watch lovers, and a size of 40 mm that fits most wrists. Fourth, it has a reasonable price range of 3000 Euros, which makes it affordable for many buyers and offers a good potential for appreciation. Therefore, the Zenith Port Royal Chronograph ref. 01/02.0451.400 is a watch that can be enjoyed for its aesthetics and functionality, as well as for its investment value.