Zenith Chronomaster Sport

The Zenith Chronomaster Sport is a handsome looking sports chronograph, replete with a new in-house movement.  There is, however, an elephant in the room with the Chronomaster Sport.  And it is exactly what you are thinking.

Photography by Ronald Chew

by Terence Tee

  • August 2, 2023

The elephant has a name.  And it is the Rolex Daytona.  More specifically, it is the current iteration of the stainless steel Rolex Daytona with the Cerachrom bezel.  It is, possibly, the most coveted of modern steel sports watch of all time?.  Some people may disagree with this hot take (although TBC is not the only one saying this…).  Those same people will helpfully point out that between the years 1988 and 2000, heavily modified Zenith automatic chronograph movements powered the Daytona ref: 16520.  They would argue that the El Primero 400 caliber paved the way to the Daytona’s “current” dial set-up where the sub-dials are placed closer to the middle, instead of the 6263’s slightly hyperteloric arrangement.  And the current dial set-up works so well that Rolex did not change it from the ref: 116520 through to the very latest design tweak in 2023.

So, maybe, there is a perfectly good reason for the Chronomaster Sport to look like the Daytona’s twin.

The Chronomaster Sport is handsome in its own right.  The tri-coloured and overlapping sub-dials adhere to Zenith’s design language for its El Primero chronographs since 1969.  Put the Chronomaster Sport out in the sun, and you will notice that the sub-dials have concentric circles and a sunburst finishing.  There are quite a lot of little details finessed into the dial.

And because the Zenith is a touch bigger than the Rolex at 41mm, it presents differently on the wrist.  While the Daytona wears smaller on the wrist than its 40mm case would suggest (by virtue of how sleek its case is), the Chronomaster Sport wears true to size.  It sits taller, with a steel bracelet that has chunkier links, altogether creating a beefier wrist presence.

At the end of the day, every watch brand worth its salt should have a Daytona-alternative to offer to customers.  And there are quite a few of those floating around.  The Zenith Chronomaster Sport has the pedigree and enough design cues of its own to be right on the top of the list for those who do not want to pay the grey market mark-up, or wait for an allocation call.


ModelChronomaster Sport
Case MaterialSteel and ceramic (bezel)
Case Width41mm
Case Height13.6mm
Lug Width20mm
MovementEl Primero caliber 3600, running at 36,000 vph in 35 jewels
WearsTrue to size

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