Captain: the very name calls up flights of fancy! It evokes long-distance travel, untamed seas, but also the fabulous fortunes made trading in distant outposts. The status of captain was, in the past, reserved for officers who commanded a royal vessel. Nothing of the art and skill of navigation at sea could remain a mystery to the man who aspired to this position. Captain is also a collection that embodies the highest expression of Zenith’s watchmaking heritage. It encompasses an expertise that, like navigation at sea, is passed on from one generation of watchmaker to the next within the Locle Manufacture. The new collection is enriched with three models with complications: power reserve, moonphase and second time zone.
The three new models are inspired by the Captain line created in 1952, a leading collection of Zenith automatic watches. The 2011 collection holds true to the course of the original models. All the expertise of watchmaking– technique, chronometric performance, and aesthetics – is integrated into these three creations that make clear allusions to historic timepieces, with dauphine hands, facetted with rhodium-plating and long markers that are hand-set. The case is enlarged to its present-day size of 40 mm. The development of this collection has been led by technical and chronometric achievement – just as it was 50 years ago. Equipped with Elite calibers, the models of the new generation benefit from an additional half-century of watchmaking experience. The manufactured movements, decorated with Côtes de Genève and circular-graining are visible through a sapphire case back.
Captain Dual Time – Let us leave the oceans for a moment to explore navigation in the air. Watches equipped with the GMT function are the direct descendants of the conquest of the skies. In 1955, Zenith presented a multi-time-zone watch intended for air pilots; this model was inspired by Zenith’s aerial navigation instruments that had been integrated into the dashboards of cockpits since 1920. The Captain Dual Time model is equipped with a GMT hand with a different design, with a blue pointer that ensures optimal readability. This hand is set using a push-piece at 10 o’clock. This mechanism makes it possible to adjust the second time zone with a simple gesture, without risking the deregulation of the time on the watch. The Captain Dual Time is available in two versions with a silver or black “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, in a steel case, with a metal bracelet or alligator-skin strap.
Movement – Elite 682, Automatic. Caliber: 11 ½ “` (Diameter: 25.60 mm). Height 3.935 mm. Parts 158. Jewels 26. Frequency 28,800 V/h – (4 Hz). Anti-shock system. Regulator assembly with fine adjustment. Power reserve of over 50 hours. Automatic winding in both directions. Instant date change. Rapid date reset. Stop-seconds system for setting the time to the nearest second.
Decoration – Circular-graining on plates. “Côtes de Genève” or circular-graining and chamfering on the bridges. Strokes drawn on the hammers, levers and conveyors.
Oscillating weight – Central rotor on ball bearings. Metal oscillating weight with guilloché work in a “Côtes de Genève” motif and revelation of the ZENITH star through skeleton work.
Functions – Central hours and minutes. Small seconds at 9 o’clock. Second time zone indicator on 24h. Date indicator at 6 o’clock.
Case – Diameter 40 mm. Crystal – Sapphire glass treated with antireflection on both sides. Case back – Transparent sapphire glass.
Water resistance – 5 ATM / 50 meters.
Available models – Available in steel with silver or black guilloché dial on a brown or black alligator-skin strap, or metal bracelet.