EL PRIMERO, A386
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
BRACELET MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
BRACELET SIZE: 7.8 inches
FUNCTIONS: Time, Date, and Chronograph
CALIBER: 3019 PHC
From a Private Collection
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Need Help? Email our Specialists or call +1 212 636 2000 with questions.
Zenith developed its first in-house automatic chronograph movement in 1969. This movement is known as the "El Primero" and is still highly regarded today. The reference A386 was released in 1969 and is very sought after by collectors. In total, it is reported that Zenith made only 2,500 examples of the A386, and far fewer survive today. The A386 was the only El Primero to offer a rounded case shape and it is highly prized by collectors today. This watch features an unusual and striking tri-color registers and central red seconds hand. These elements give this chronograph a sporty look. This model features the rare original Gay Freres ladder bracelet stamped, "4 69", indicating it is from 1969.
Additional charges, including buyer’s premium, valued added, sales or compensating use tax or equivalent tax, any and all shipping expenses, including costs, packing and handling, any loss damage liability fees, and all other applicable charges will apply.
In addition to the hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay to us the buyer’s premium together with any applicable value added tax, sales, or compensating use tax or equivalent tax in the place of sale. The buyer’s premium is 25% of the hammer price of each lot up to and including $100,000, 20% of the excess of the hammer price above $100,000 and up to and including $2,000,000, and 12% of the excess of the hammer price above $2,000,000.
New York Sales tax or valued added tax, sales or compensating use tax of any applicable jurisdiction will be collected before the lot can be released. It is the buyer's responsibility to ascertain and pay all taxes due.
For international buyers, the terms of sale are Delivered Duty Unpaid (DDU) and duty and sales tax will be the sole responsibility of the buyer to be paid prior to shipment and/or delivery.
Shipping and Handling
The winning bidder will also be responsible for any and all shipping expenses, including costs, packing and handling, and any loss damage liability fees. Provided that your purchased lots are paid for in full, cleared funds by the payment deadline, Christie’s will store your lots free of charge until the relevant deadline for shipment, at which time purchases will be shipped to you at your expense and pursuant to the instructions you provide at time of payment. Christie's will provide loss damage liability for purchased lots when arrangements are made for such lots to be shipped to you at a rate of 1% (one percent) of the total purchase price. This will be charged at check-out and will cover loss, theft, damage or breakage.
You must pay the full amount due (comprising the hammer price, buyer’s premium, any applicable value added, sales or compensating use tax or equivalent tax, any and all shipping expenses, including costs, packing and handling, any loss damage liability fees and all other applicable charges) no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, April 7, 2016. This applies even if you wish to export the lot and an export license is, or may be, required. You will not acquire title and own the lot until all amounts due to Christie’s have been received by Christie’s in full, cleared funds.
COLLECTION AND DELIVERY:
If you wish to arrange for collection of your purchases from Christie's Rockefeller you must indicate that at time of check-out. Applicable sales tax will be applied. Upon successful checkout online, email Christie’s Client Service Center at
Although we shall use reasonable efforts to take care when handling, packing and facilitating any shipment of a purchased lot, neither Christie’s nor the seller is responsible for any acts or omissions of any third party retained for these purposes, including, without limitation, any packing, shipping or delivery of purchased lots.
If you have any questions about the collection or shipping process, please contact Christie’s Client Services on +1 212-636-2002 or by email at