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Zenith and Bamford Are Back with Round 2:
The Chronomaster El Primer “Radar”

Zenith and Bamford have joined forces to release another authorized modification of the classic Chronomaster in the form of the Chronomaster El Primero “Radar.”

OCTOBER 09, 2019

After their highly successful collaboration (featuring Mr. Porter) with the “Solar Blue” last year, Zenith and Bamford have joined forces once again to release another authorized modification of the classic Chronomaster in the form of the Chronomaster El Primero “Radar.”

Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel (bead blasted)
Crystal: Domed Sapphire
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Cordura-Inspired Black Rubber w/ Red Contrast Stitching
Movement: Zenith El Primero

Source: Bamford

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Radar is its dial design, both in terms of the layout and in terms of the execution of its color scheme. From the layout side of things, we have the basic Chronomaster chronograph layout, complete with slightly overlapping subdials and different finishes on each of those subdials. At the 3 o’clock, we have a bright red subdial, from which the main inspiration for the piece’s “Radar” moniker is derived. At 6 o’clock, we have a fully silver subdial ring, with a red-tipped hand. At 9 we have a subdial ring that is more a series of silver grooves than a solid outline.

The major selling point of this dial, though, has got to be the color. While in the shot directly above, we see an almost fume grey coloration, the shot at the very start of this article perhaps most perfectly catches the so-called “burnt brown” color that the dial actually features. This play between colors depending on the light offers a highly versatile and almost enchanting kind of dial. At the dial’s outer edge, we have the same pointed, shark tooth design for the minute indices as seen on the “Solar Blue” and their inspiration piece, the “Covergirl.”

Source: Revolution

As for the strap, we’re looking at a Cordura-patterned rubber strap with red double stitching running up each side. Its black, textured base helps it to feel like something a bit more special than your standard rubber strap, and also ties in nicely with the dial’s coloration and pattern. Powering the watch, as the name suggests, is the legendary, workhorse Zenith El Primero automatic chronograph movement.

The Damage:
The Zenith x Bamford Chronomaster El Primero “Radar” will be available starting November exclusively in Zenith boutiques, price unknown as of this writing.

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