Zenith expands their Revival series to the Defy line today with the release of a new limited edition A3642 ‘Bank Vault’ time and date watch. The original Defy was launched alongside the brand’s first automatic chronograph timepieces in 1969, and forged a distinct visual language that helped to propel Zenith into the ‘70s in pure style. With this Revival, Zenith has, well, revived the somewhat unorthodox case that somehow feels as cutting edge today as it probably did back then. As we’ve seen with their other Revival watches, not much in the way of compromise has been made in this recreation.
The Defy Revival features an unmistakable octagonal steel case that measures 37mm in diameter, and hosts a 14 sided bezel that makes the dial appear as if it were entering another dimension of reality altogether. The bevy of sliced surfaces ensure a unique view from any angle and hide discreet lugs that tuck endure the case. The look has served as the inspiration for the modern Defy collection as it exists today, however we’re told that a “modern successor to the original DEFY with a sleeker and more modernistic architecture” is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.