In 2017, Zenith wrote the first chapter of tomorrow’s watchmaking, with the launch of Defy El Primero 21 – the exceptional hundredth-of-a-second chronograph – and the first-generation Defy Lab, the world’s most accurate watch thanks to its new monocrystalline silicon oscillator. DEFY with its futuristic DNA has now given rise to a full-fledged collection featuring several degrees of mechanical complexity, starting with the new Defy Classic, a three-hand plus date watch. 

Zenith Defy Classic
Zenith Defy Classic

With its case forged from ultra-light titanium, its blackened skeleton movement, its star-shaped openworked dial and its shade of blue reflecting the collection’s original colour, this Zenith watch propels casual chic elegance into a whole new dimension. 

Zenith Defy Classic Blue Dial
Zenith Defy Classic

Stellar architecture

Powered by icons of precision and performance, DEFY sets an elegant and sporty style tone with the new Defy Classic. Hours, minutes, central seconds and date: its essential functions are a distillation of the DEFY aesthetic. Large luminescent baton-type hours and minutes hands and a slim seconds hand with an emblematic star counterweight sweep over five stylised branches also evoking the Zenith symbol. The deep blue minutes ring, punctuated by facetted applied hour-markers, enhances an openworked mechanism sporting contemporary finishing. In a nod to the collection’s legendary origins, this is the exact same shade as its illustrious predecessor, the 1969 El Primero. References to the past stop there however, as DEFY thrusts watchmaking firmly into the future.

The New Zenith Defy Classic
Zenith Defy Classic

Elite uncovered

Beating inside its light titanium case is a Manufacture Zenith movement – the famous automatic Elite 670 base calibre – reinterpreted in DEFY model. For the very first time, this reliable and accurate engine, fitted with a silicon pallet-lever and escape-wheel, is revealed by means of an ultra-modern openworked approach. Blackened, structured and topped by a cut-out date disc read off on a white dot at 6 o’clock, it oscillates at 4 Hz and enjoys over 50 hours of autonomy.

Zenith Defy Classic Watch Review
Zenith Defy Classic

Fitted with an integrated metal bracelet composed of supple links, a rubber strap coated with alligator leather, or a unistructure rubber version, Defy Classic radiates a blend of distinction and modernity. 

And for fans of contemporary classicism, this chic and urban must-have also comes in a version featuring a sunburst blue closed dial with 3 o’clock date window, teamed with the same bracelet/strap options as the openworked model.  

Top 10 Zenith Defy Classic
Zenith Defy Classic


Zenith Defy Classic 

Technical details:

Ref.95.9000.670/78.M9000; 95.9000.670/78.R584; 95.9000.670/78.R782; 95.9000.670/51.M9000; 95.9000.670/51.R584; 95.9000.670/51.R790

Key Points 

New Elite skeletonised movement 

New 41mm brushed titanium case 

Silicon escape-wheel and lever


Elite 670 SK, Automatic

Calibre: 11 ½``` (Diameter: 25.60mm)

Movement thickness: 3.88mm

Components: 187

Jewels: 27

Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)

Power-reserve: min. 48 hours

Finishing: Special oscillating weight with satin-brushed finish


Hours and minutes in the centre

Central seconds hand 

Date indication at 3 or 6 o’clock, depending on the model

Zenith Defy Classic Case
Zenith Defy Classic Case

Case, Dial & Hands

Diameter: 41mm

Diameter opening: 32.5mm

Thickness: 10.75mm

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case-back: Transparent sapphire crystal

Material: Brushed Titanium

Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial: Openworked or Blue-toned sunray-patterned

Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1

Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova SLN C1

Titanium Zenith Defy Classic
Zenith Defy Classic

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