Reviving historic models is a game that Zenith is very familiar with the Chronomaster A384, A385 and A386 all being revived in the last three years. However, it’s not just the Chronomaster that gets to have all the modern-vintage fun, as the Defy A3642 (the first Defy) has now been brought into this century with the new Zenith Defy Revival A3642.
As far as vintage revivals go, this is a very faithful recreation. The octagonal, facetted case in stainless steel with 14-sided bezel is virtually identical to that of the 1969 original. As are the horizontally split hour markers, gradient taupe dial and ladder bracelet originally designed by Gay Frères. It’s like a fresh slice of the 70s, which is perfect for today’s appetite for retro nostalgia and the perfect contrast to the modern Defy’s more Extreme aesthetic.
Naturally, as over 50 years have passed, there are a few quality of life improvements that Zenith have been able to sprinkle on the Defy Revival A3642 without compromising on its charm. First and foremost, it houses an updated calibre, the Elite 670 automatic movement. It has an improved power reserve compared to the original at 50-hours, although it maintains the same frequency of 28,800vph. A fact worth pointing out because the vintage piece had the number 28,800 written on its dial, a feature that has been omitted on the revival.
A further update is the inclusion of a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, a staple of modern luxury watchmaking that allows watchmakers to show off the exceptional finishing on their movements. Something the star emblazoned rotor and Côtes de Genève finishing of the Elite 670 lives up to.
The Defy Revival A3642 is a limited edition of only 250 pieces although with a price of £5,900 it’s actually dramatically more accessible than the majority of the modern Defy collection despite its limited status. That also means those 250 pieces are going to sell out fast. If you don’t manage to pick one up, feel free to commiserate by reading up on the complete history of the Defy.
Price & Specs:
Model: Zenith Defy Revival A3642
Case/dial: 37mm diameter, stainless steel octagonal case, gradient brown dial
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: In-house Elite 670 calibre, automatic, 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 50h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel “ladder” bracelet
Price/availability: £5,900, limited to 250 pieces
More details at Zenith.