Zenith is one of the most decorated watchmakers in the business. For 150 years, it has been quietly chipping away, winning awards with magnificent products, sometimes without the beating of chest and the shouting that accompanies achievements of the large brands. We have a hands on review of the Zenith Elite 6150 with live photographs taken in the Zenith booth.
Their Elite movement is one of the interesting automatic movements, which have received less publicity than their famous El Primero, and this year, at the BaselWorld, they re-introduced it.
The new Zenith Elite 6150 movement is introduced in a classic case, measuring some 42mm. The case is rather slim at only 10mm thick. The case design utilizes smooth lines and avoids sharp edges, to create an almost organic feel and makes it look and feel rather smaller than the dimensions suggest. We understand this is the styling of case which Zenith will continue to use in their Classic line. The dial is simplicity itself. The silver toned dial is plain sans date, and equipped with elegant hands and bar markers which are slim and rhodium plated. A sweep center seconds hand completes the austere look. We do feel that though the overall look is very low contrast, it is rather suitable for a dressy watch.
The new Zenith Elite 6150 is a revision of the award winning Elite caliber first introduced in 1995 (Movement of the Year of BaselWorld 1994). Zenith added an additional barrel making the power reserve 100 hours (up from 55 hours), and kept the movement thin at 4mm.
This movement is finished to a high engineering standard without superfluous decorative embellishments to keep the lines clean. As a result, the visual impact of the movement is not one which evokes emotion. But rather one which impresses as efficient. The anglage on the bridges are very minimal, and the rotor sports the Zenith star and is finished with Côtes de Genève.
The watch still debuts at €5800 in stainless steel, before taxes.
Automatic Elite 6150 calibre
Frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz)
100-hour minimum power reserve
Hours and minutes
Case, Dial, Hands
Stainless steel, 42mm in diameter
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water resistant to 3 ATM
Hollowed hour-markers form delicate grooves
Strap and Clasp
Black alligator leather with protective rubber lining
Steel triple-blade folding clasp