Zenith launches El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th
July 2011: Watchmaker Zenith has launched the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th, which follows in the tradition of military chronographs and is the faithful heir of the Rainbow Flyback model developed for the French Air Force in 1997. The Stratos is equipped with an accurate automatic chronograph movement – the mythical El Primero – as well as the Striking 10th and Flyback functions. There are only 1969 pieces of this limited edition watch.
This watch features an extremely durable casing and a notched, unidirectional rotating bezel with a black, scratchproof ceramic disk. A telemeter scale has also been placed on the dial flange. The large date indicator at 6 o’clock features an instant-change mechanism. The rounded sapphire crystal is inspired by the shape of an astrodome.
The Stratos Flyback Striking 10th is equipped with the El Primero caliber. This integrated column-wheel chronograph movement beats at a high frequency and is 25% faster than all other mechanical calibers. The Striking 10th function visibly displays each beat of this exceptional mechanism – every tenth of every second – which represents the smallest division of time measurable by a mechanical caliber thus far.
This watch is fitted with an automatic column-wheel chronograph with a flyback function, which stops, resets and restarts the chronograph with one push of a single button. Thus, pilots can recalculate a new route instantly, giving them an advantage that is particularly vital when landing according to a time conveyed by the control tower. The watch is available with a steel case and black dial on a black alligator-leather and is priced at INR 5,42,000.