In the world of horology, the Zenith Chronomaster Sport has carved its unique niche, and perhaps for better or worse, it has consistently found itself in the shadow of the illustrious Rolex Daytona. The comparison may be inevitable, but it’s far from unflattering. Whether it’s the ceramic or steel bezels, the watch community keeps drawing parallels to both modern and neo-vintage models. Those in the know recognize the profound link between Zenith and Rolex, with the latter relying on Zenith’s legendary El Primero movement to power the Daytona for years.
The Chronomaster Sport stands out with a high-beat movement that can track down to one-tenth of a second through its central chronograph seconds hand, which makes one full rotation every ten seconds. So, despite the comparisons, both are equally compelling chronographs with distinct characteristics.
In tribute to their brand ambassador, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Zenith brings us the Chronomaster Sport Aaron Rodgers Limited Edition with a green dial and green ceramic bezel – a Hulk chronograph we’ve always wished for, and now we finally have it.
Limited to just 250 pieces, the Chronomaster Sport Aaron Rodgers is dimensionally and functionally identical to the standard production models. The key difference, of course, lies in the striking green ceramic bezel and dial, which immediately draws connections to Rodgers’ current NFL team – the New York Jets. For those not well-versed in American football, the Jets’ home jersey is green with white accents. Prior to joining the Jets this year, Rodgers spent his entire 17-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, who also feature green as their primary home jersey color.
The watch’s design reflects these football affiliations, with white SuperLuminova and a white-to-grey spectrum for the tri-colored registers. On closer inspection, you’ll notice that the chronograph hands sport a Packers-ish yellow tip. While Zenith hasn’t officially disclosed how they arrived at this color combination, it’s not hard to see that the green backdrop necessitates a yellow hand for optimal legibility. And the yellow not only pops but also subtly pays homage to Rodgers’ past team.
Kudos to Zenith for their meticulous attention to detail – they’ve perfectly color-matched the date window to the dial, a detail often overlooked by other brands.
Another noteworthy first for the Chronomaster Sport is the use of applied Arabic numerals for hour indices, resembling the numbers found on an NFL jersey. Flip the watch, and you’ll find the El Primero 3600 on display beneath a sapphire crystal, which also features an etching of Aaron Rodgers’ personal ‘AR’ logo, adding a personal touch to the timepiece.
Zenith has shared that while the watch isn’t regionally exclusive, a significant portion of the allocation will be reserved for the U.S. market (approximately 80%), with the remainder available to international markets.
The Zenith Chronomaster Sport Aaron Rodgers Limited Edition is now available for purchase at a price of US$12,800, with only 250 pieces in existence.