Zenith History

1865: Georges Favre-Jacot founds, at 22 years old, the ZENITH watch company, called at that time "Etablissements George Favre-Jacot".

He was one of the first to understand the importance of the interchangeability of parts for rationalising production, thereby improving precision and reliability of mechanical watches. He grouped together all the different areas and make up watchmaking.

Through its numerous innovations, ZENITH has always contributed to the development of top class watchmaking. This Swiss company is not only one of the oldest horological companies, but one of a handful that still produces its own mechanical movements.

1929, Jacot retired , Zenith had made watch history, winning grand prix medals for timekeeping precision at international expositions in Geneva, Paris, Barcelona, and Neuchatel.

1969, Zenith won renown for introducing the world's first automatic chronograph movement watch, the El Primero; Oscillating at 36,000 alternations/hour, the El Primero was able to measure short time intervals to a tenth of a second, an unsurpassed world record.

1995, Zenith launched a new generation of ultra-thin chronographs, the Elite, recently voted best mechanical movement by the professional press. Since its beginning, Zenith has been recognized with more than 1,565 first observatory prizes in chronometry, making it the Swiss brand most rewarded for precision watches.