The Zenith manufacture was created in in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, who wanted to unite the watchmaking trades under one roof: to unite forces instead of dividing the work of manufacturing. It was in Locle that he took root and set up workshops in vast buildings flooded with light. In 1896, Mr. Favre-Jacot won the gold medal at the Swiss National Exhibition, then first prize in the chronometer competition at the Neufchâtel Observatory in 1903. It was at the beginning of the century and following the creation of a movement that he considered to be the most perfect, that he named this movement, and then the factory, after the highest point in the universe: Zenith. It was not until 1920 that the Zenith brand released its first wristwatch.
Zenith El Primero
Zenith, driven by the desire to achieve perfection, quickly gained an international reputation for its watches with unparalleled precision. The creation of the El Primero movement consolidated the legend: the first self-winding chronograph in history saw its production stopped in 1970. Saved by the head of the workshop Charles Vermot, the development of the legendary movement could be continued in 1984.