Zenith introduced the A277 in the 1960s and had two versions. The first version featured an old style crown, a non-luminous seconds hand, and blued-steel subsidiary seconds hands. The second version, had a newer style star on the crown, a luminous seconds hand, and gold-colored subsidiary hands. Also, the movements went from 146H in the first version to 146HP in the second variation.
This example has aged quite nicely with the bezel fading to a fantastic ghost tone but still with very visible indexes and not too damaged, also the dial developed the most amazing cream patina.
These dials were very detailed and usually the first series dials are found in much poorer conditions.
Another great characteristic of this model is the lack of text on the dial; all it says is “Zenith” at the top and “Swiss Made T” at the bottom, with no unnecessary writing crowding the design.
Sometimes less is more, and Zenith got it very right with this one.
This is one of the most iconic designs ever, the quintessential chronograph in my opinion. Inverse panda dial, 3 registers, manual wind, rotating bezel, great 40mm case, round pushers, 22mm lugs, just perfect! It’s one of those watches than could have been made in 2020 and it would be an instant success.