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Founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, the vision of a 22-year old in the Swiss Jura Mountains. The name Zenith comes from he word that designates the highest point in the universe, ZENITH. With fast success, the company already owned over one thousand staff by 1875, making pocket watches, pendulum clocks and counter instruments for the Navy. During it's long history, the Zenith watch company has gained over 1500 watch industry prizes and created over 50 calibers, however it wasn't until 1969 that Zenith introduced the legendary "El Primero" chronograph movement, establishing the standard for mechanical excellence. It was the first chronograph caliber with integrated automatic winding and is also the fastest chronograph existing, beating at 36000 alternations per hour (compared to the more typical 28000) which make it also the most precise in the world. In 1999, Zenith was obtained by the luxury giant LVMH group (Moet Hennessy) and has since experienced a renewed popularity due to the introduction of some amazing new watches.