Hands-on with the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow – the prodigal son returns (live photos and pricing)

The Zenith Rainbow has returned as the El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow Boutique Edition. Retaining its trademark multi-coloured dial, the new Rainbow chronograph is limited to 250 pieces.

The strikingly coloured Zenith Rainbow Flyback was one of the most memorable Zenith watches of the nineties, even if the rest of the line was visually forgettable. This year Zenith brings back the bright colours of the Rainbow as the El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow Boutique Edition, which stand out even more against the all black case.

Made of TiAlum, a lightweight aluminium based alloy often used in aircraft, the new Stratos Rainbow has a redesigned dial – an important detail.

Unlike the earlier Stratos chronographs where all the sub-dials were identically sized, resulting in overlapping, making them impossible to read at certain times, the Stratos Rainbow has a smaller hour counter at six o’clock. None of the counters overlap and so the chronograph is usable all of the time.

The TiAlum case is 45.5 mm wide with a ceramic insert in the bezel, and has a sapphire display back. This is limited to 250 pieces, and will only be available at Zenith boutiques. The retail price is CHF8000, inclusive of Swiss VAT of 8%. That works out to about USD8500.


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