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The New, Ocean-Ready Zenith Defy Extreme Diver

This new Zenith timepiece pays homage to its heritage while embracing the demands of modern exploration.

| By Denis Peshkov | 3 min read |

In 1969, Zenith launched the Defy series, aiming to enhance its collection with robust and reliable timepieces tailored for specific purposes. Seeking to expand its Defy line with a watch capable of conquering ocean depths, the brand swiftly introduced the Defy Diver. Among its most iconic iterations was the A3648 reference, boasting an impressive water resistance of 600 meters and characterized by its octagonal case, vibrant orange bakelite bezel, and striking orange and black dial. Fast forward to 2021, and Zenith introduced the modern Defy Extreme series. Easily recognizable and exuding a rugged spirit, this collection now welcomes a new addition: a diver’s model. Inspired by the historic A3648, the new and very contemporary Zenith Defy Extreme Diver seamlessly integrates into the Extreme concept; here’s what we know.

The new Zenith Defy Extreme Diver is built to last, with a 42.5mm angular, brushed titanium case that is 15.5mm thick. This robust yet lightweight metal is renowned for its exceptional resistance to corrosion, particularly from seawater. The ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel atop the fixed dodecagonal bezel boasts grooved edges for enhanced grip. Markings on the bezel are meticulously engraved and filled with Super-LumiNova, ensuring effortless readability underwater or in low-light conditions.

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Flanking the oversized screw-down crown are titanium crown guards, providing added protection, while a helium escape valve further enhances the watch’s functionality. In homage to its historical predecessor, the Defy A3648, the Defy Extreme Diver boasts an impressive water resistance of 600 meters, equivalent to 1969 feet – a symbolic nod to the heritage proudly mentioned on the dial.

The metallic sunburst finished dial of the Defy Extreme Diver is embellished with the signature starry sky pattern of engraved four-pointed stars. The watch features large rhodium-plated, faceted central hands and rhodium-plated, faceted, and applied hour markers, all coated with SuperLuminova X1. Even the central seconds hand, adorned with a star-shaped counterweight, receives its share of luminous treatment. Utilizing three different pigments of X1 grade Super-LumiNova, the watch employs blue, green, and orange light emissions to distinguish between various functions, enhancing functionality. The date window at 3 o’clock harmoniously blends with the dial, available in either black or blue, to match the black or blue ceramic bezels.

Driving the Defy Extreme Diver is the El Primero 3620-SC, a 5Hz high-frequency automatic time-and-date movement derived from the renowned El Primero 3600, with central seconds in a non-chronograph version. Remarkably, the movement is visible through a sapphire display back, a rare feature for a diver’s watch boasting such an impressive depth rating. This iteration of the El Primero incorporates a paramagnetic escapement with key components crafted from non-metallic silicon, ensuring durability and precision. With a robust 60-hour power reserve, the Defy Extreme Diver stands ready for any adventure.

The new Defy Extreme Diver offers a convenient strap-changing system for versatility. Each version comes with a choice of strap options, including a black or blue rubber strap with a folding buckle, a black or blue fabric strap with a pin buckle, and a titanium bracelet with a folding clasp. The new Zenith Defy Extreme Diver models are priced at CHF 10,900 and can be purchased from all Zenith boutiques and authorized retailers worldwide.

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