The easy, breezy, beautiful 1971 Zenith A3818 Cover Girl is something of Mewtwo to me. That is to say, it is legendary and I simply cannot seem to capture it. Despite that, the modern world has offered one hell of a consolation prize. Zenith has been on something of home run in recent years with their revival series. A contemporary analogue of Omega’s trilogy set, the range has taken the manufacture’s historic icons and breathed modern production into them. I don’t know what it says about modern mass-production watchmaking that some of its best is just reliving previous glory but that’s neither here nor there. The unimpeachable height of the range, to my eye, came when Zenith collaborated with Wei Koh & Krew over at Revolution to produce a reissue of the A3818. Although perhaps not as hard to catch as the genuine 1971 article, the revival is still genuinely scarce and no less breezily beautiful.
Manfred Rossler’s Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865 is one of the if not thee definitive texts of Zenith collecting. So what watch could possibly grace its exterior? You guessed it, hence the moniker. Important points remain. The modern 36000 vph calibre is housed in an identical 37mm case. Its dial retains the sub accents and distinctive shark’s tooth track (300 fine marks accurate to one-fifth of a second, in line with the 5Hz beat rate). Ladder bracelet and petrol blue dial remain, icons of the aesthetic. Production was limited to 100 pieces. This example appears unmarred. It is on a rally strap, but comes with its (in my view the only way) ladder and a full set from a well-regarded retailer.
Find this Cover Girl Revival here from Wind Vintage for 13000 USD.