Zenith Chronograph 1st Gen. El Primero "DeLuca"

The Zenith "De Luca" was the name of Zenith's main Italian distributor who apparently had some important input into designing a watch with a bicolored face with either a white main dial with black sub dials or a black dial with white subdials like the one we are featuring here at craft and tailored. The DeLucas were in production from 1988 to 1996. The early variants of this reference do not bear the words "El Primero" and are highly sought after as they are the early variants and are considered to be the rarest out of the 4 mark variants. From what we here at Craft & Tailored can gather, this series was only made from 1988-89. This specific model of pre El Primero was the only model to have a Plexi Crystal and the sword hands were also unique to the Mk I variant such as the one we are featuring here.


Stock # ZEPMKI-01
Brand Zenith
Style Chronograph
Model El Primero Chronograph (De Luca)
Serial N/A
Size Mens
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Chronograph Black
Millimeters 39
Strap 22mm Premium Nato "O.D. Green"



We believe the case to be in original and in unpolished condition. The case of this piece is in absolutely stunning condition. The MK I matte black bezel insert is free of any blemishing and in flawless condition. The watch will com supplied on a Nato Strap and will also come complete with an original Zenith Brown Crocodile strap.


The dial is in stunning and original condition. The white sub dials are free of any blemishing and provide a panda like look. The lume plots and hands are free of any corrosion and or lume degradation and match perfectly.


None. Service history unknown but the watch is running at spec and functioning flawlessly.