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Zenith Re-Release the First Coloured Defy with the Revival A3691

Zenith Defy Revival A3691

Recently we did a retrospective on the Zenith Defy, tracing its history all the way back to its genesis in the 70s. The idea was to build to the present moment and the Defy Extreme collection, but I may have gotten a little hung up more on those early pieces. Not only was the case magnificent, in a borderline insane way, but the colours were absolutely fantastic – something Zenith has recreated in the Defy Revival A3691.

The case here is nothing new – and I don’t just mean that it’s ripped straight off a vintage advert. I mean that it’s not the first Defy Revival in recent years. Previous iterations have had that same, chunky 14-sided bezel, but in more muted colours. Not so here.

enith Defy Revival A3691

While some people are calling the dial burgundy, in the metal it’s nothing like. Imagine the smoked, cherry red of a Fender Stratocaster and you’re in the right area, paired with those wonderfully ridiculous corrugated indexes. It’s an absolutely gorgeous pop of colour and in keeping with some of the funkier versions the original model strayed into. For me, it’s the best version yet.

Otherwise it’s business as usual, with the signature faceted case making the Defy Revival’s svelte 37mm diameter feel a lot larger on the wrist. Not large, per se, it just has a lot more wrist presence than its specs sheet suggests. True to the 1971 original, it also has 300m water resistance.

enith Defy Revival A3691

It’s a faithful enough interpretation that the Revival A3691 even includes a ladder bracelet, similar to the old Gay Frères versions. If you’re particularly hirsute I’d watch yourself on it, but aesthetically it’s a winner.

Inside is the Elite calibre 670, Zenith’s streamlined, entry-level automatic movement. That’s not to say it’s not a great movement; with a 50-hour power reserve it’s a great standard automatic. Plus, it’s nicely decorated, as seen through the sapphire caseback.

enith Defy Revival A3691

Colour aside, perhaps the most significant part of the new watch is that it’s not a limited edition. For a Revival piece, that’s a big deal. Instead, the Defy Revival A3691 is a boutique exclusive. Paired with the Skyline boutique edition, a trip to the nearest Zenith own-brand store is becoming incredibly tempting.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Zenith Defy Revival A3691
  • Ref: 03.A3642.670/3691.M3642
  • Case/dial: 37mm diameter, stainless steel case, ruby gradient dial
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
  • Movement: Zenith calibre ELITE 670, automatic
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 50h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Stainless steel ladder bracelet
  • Price/availability: CHF 6,900 (approx. £6,100)

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Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.