The Manufacture with 2.000 gold and silver hands
Zenith was founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot. During the 1900 universal exhibition, Zenith will win a gold medal with its first pocket chronograph. The brand also combines all watchmaking skills under one roof.
25 years later, the Zenith manufacture has 1,000 employees localed in the birthplace of watchmaking: Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Later, the brand will even earn the nickname “the Manufacture with the 2,000 gold and silver hands”.
During the following decades, Zenith launched 3 calibers which remain references in the industry today: the 135 caliber in 1948, the 5011K in 1960 and the legendary El Primero in 1969.
In 1975, the watchmaker Charles Vermot saved these treasures from oblivion by hiding the plans and tools of the company when the owner of Zenith decided to only produce quartz watches.