A successful company History
Georges Favre-Jacot founded the Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith in 1865 at the young age of 22. The workshop was located in Le Locle, in the county of Neuchâtel. Since then, the watches from Zenith have stood for fine timepieces that embody traditionally exclusive designs.
Initially, the young entrepreneur and founder Georges Favre-Zenith-Jacot produced fine precision pocket watches that were signed with his name. The company Zenith was born when Favre-Jacot gazed up into the sky and recognised a similarity between the correlation of the wheels and pins within his newly developed movement and the celestial interplay of the highest point of the universe – the zenith. The Zenith company logo is a distinctive five-pointed star, which perfectly complements the historic symbolism of the brand.
Early in the 20th century, Zenith extended its product range to include board chronometers, table clocks, precision pendulum clocks, and later on, began to manufacture marine chronometers. It was only after the First World War that Zenith began to focus on the development and manufacture of wristwatches that included additional complications such as alarm and chronograph features. In 1969, Zenith introduced the revolutionary chronograph movement with automatic winding – the El Primero.