Some of our favorite Zenith releases in recent years have been under the banner of their Revival series, where they bring historic designs back to life in near perfect reissues. They do this all while keeping their foot on the gas with the ultra modern Defy collection, which just saw the introduction of a new Extreme family. My life is a far cry from what you’d call ‘extreme’ so these Revival watches suit my tastes just fine. This time, it’s the 1971 A3817 model that gets the call.
The A3817 was the first to pair the tricolor dial seen on the A386 with the tonneau case of the A384. Clear as mud? Numbers aside, this is a pretty great looking watch built on the sublime platform we reviewed in the A385 right here. That means a steel tonneau case that measures 37mm in diameter and 47mm from tip to tip. Even with the domed sapphire crystal, the total thickness is still under 13mm. I was so enamored with this watch on the wrist that I picked up a panda dial A384 immediately after that review, so please pardon my bias here.