Zenith Chronographs have remained under the radar, but as of late garnered more attention. In our opinion they are still underrated vintage jewels in the watch world.


This Zenith A271 was made in the 1960s and is a classic sports chronograph in a large (for the era) 37mm stainless steel case with elegant simplicity. This watch performs well as a tool watch, yet with its subtle detailing can easily slide under a dress shirt cuff and be a discreet companion.


Looking closer it features a crisp silver sunburst dial with applied constrasting dial furniture. The art deco '12' gives the watch a nice contrast to the sharp clean lines of the case. The crosshair left sub dial being an excercise in less is more, and makes you focus on the restrained details of the watch.


The watch houses a solid 146DP column wheel movement made by Martel who made movements for Universal Geneve before Zenith bought the rights.


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1960s Zenith A271 'Deco 12' Chronograph


Reference: A271

Serial: xxxxxxx 

Year: Circa 1960s

Case: Stainless steel, scewback, thick case

Dial:  Silver, applied gold dial furniture

Dimensions: 37 mm excluding crown

Function: Manual Chronograph

Caliber: 146DP Martel

Strap: Brown suede

Accessories: No box or papers