Perfect Zenith replica announced the 1:1 best replica Chronomaster Revival A385 – a faithful reproduction of one of the three original El Primero models from 1969 – for a new generation of watch lovers to enjoy. The A385 first made history in 1970 when it took part in Zenith’s “Operation Sky,” an extreme test that saw the watch strapped to an Air France Boeing 707’s landing gear on a flight from Paris to New York. The mission was to test its resistance to drastic temperature changes, wind force, and fluctuating air pressure. The watch passed with flying colors.
Today the A385 is back, and this new model was made using the same blueprints and production plans as the original model. The timepiece comes in a 37mm, tonneau-shaped stainless steel case that includes the same pump-style plushers as the original. It is powered by the brand’s famous El Primero 400 chronograph movement and comes with a gradient brown dial. The only differences are a sapphire crystal (instead of acrylic glass) and an open caseback. It comes on a choice of a steel “ladder” bracelet or a light brown calfskin leather strap.