A sporty new look for Zenith – the Defy Classic

In recent times, Zenith have made a marked change of tack — away from the oversized heritage pieces that have been their main focus. The Pilot watches are still there, of course, but now the Defy shares top billing as a contemporary alternative. And while the Defy is dominated by the aggressively skeletonised look that we know and love, this solid-dialled Defy Classic is perhaps my number one pick. The dial does a great job of toning down the statement aspect of the Defy, and letting the excellent case and bracelet shine. To my mind this is a really interesting option for a daily watch; it’s a fairly novel design from an interesting brand, it’s comfortable, practical and lightweight. It also looks great on the wrist. The case shape and titanium construction make it a slightly less conventional offering, but that’s not a bad thing. If you still want to run with the pack, but at the outskirts, this sporty, sleek Defy Classic could be just what you’re after.


Sb Sb says:

Having the day put in would have made this watch perfect

Andrew Hughes says:

Looks good… I like better than the skeletons in the closet

Raymond Lee says:

$9,600!! No wonder Rolex does not have enough stock. I’d buy a Rolex over this any day!

Didar Uddin says:

The dial text looks extremely tacky, has a fashion watch vibe. But I do like the overall casing

Wongsarun Chatamornwong says:

Great video as always. One question about this watch though, why some version say DEFY on the dial and some don’t?

Watch Aficionado says:

cool watch.

Ryan says:

Wait a couple of years and get it half price pre-owned.

gmshadowtraders says:

Nice Seiko

mstnV says:

North Flag much?

Gianpa kasa says:

I really like this watch. Hope a steel version come soon

geisteswissenschaft says:

Mido hands, Genta style bracelet, a star too many and 5000 $ too much.

TimeIsMoney says:

Very nice watch indeed. Beautiful case styling and great dimensions but just a little pricey. I was expecting in the $7-8k bracket maximum. Why are there microsecond markers when it’s a 3 hander! Only required for chronograph watches. Just a pet peeve I have. Anyone share this sentiment?

GB10014 says:

I thought Archie was the Australian watch authority?

Melchizedek Phuah Siow Jin says:

Looks good.

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Preeyen Mistry says:

gorgeous watch

ripperx444 says:

IWC ingenuier
Piaget polo s
GP lorreato

AP wanna be watches

Marceau Ratard says:

I like this watch, just not at this price.

A Tudor North Flag has a similar look and size, better movement, and about one third of the retail price.

For similar money you can get a Hublot Classic Fusion, a GP Laureato, or 2 IWC Ingenieurs

At $4K, it starts to make sense

Lawrence Rogers says:

With that big star on the face, is it Russian?

Shipmate says:

Love Zenith, IWC, and Omega. Such unique watch with strong horology.

Arman Talwar says:

Now this is a cheaper AP RO alternative !

pilotstyle123 says:

Looks oysterquartzish

W Wade says:

Don’t know why I was drawn to it but that date window looks poverty as fuk

MrBusytimmy says:

Shaky closeups and porno music…. Interesting production guys

Jean-Marc Brechbühler says:

Great looking watch. A modern classic!!

Mark McCumby says:

So in benchmarking against the industry leader in stainless steel sport watches (Rolex) you decided to come in ABOVE them on price. Genius.

Vortic Watch Company says:

I can’t fault it, it looks incredible!
Best, IC

No One says:

It really does looks like a more refined Tudor North Flag which IMO passes as a cousin of the AP Royal Oak. Regardless though. I like those hands…wish it was a 39mm.

Charles Field says:

Love the videos. When’s Zenith coming out with a watch based on that new the amazing silicone escapement?

Watchlords Forum says:

Great looking watch. Nice review of it.

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