My thoughts on the new ZENITH Chronomaster Sport

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

As soon as the images for the new Zenith Chronomaster Sport (Ref 03.3100.3600/21.M3100) came out a lot of people started criticizing the watch for looking like a homage of the Rolex Daytona (Ref 116500LN).

It even garnered its own nickname: Zaytona!

But, does it really deserve the criticism, or is there more to this new watch than just a resemblance to hottest Rolex watch ever made?

Let's take a look.

At a quick glance, I can understand why one might accuse the NEW Zenith Chronomaster Sport of being a homage watch, but the longer you look at it the more differences you start to see.

  1. The 1/10th of a second timer on the ceramic bezel on the Zenith vs. the Tachymeter Scale on the Daytona's bezel.

  2. Colorful and filled subdials on the Zenith vs. hollow and identical-in-color subdials on the Daytona.

  3. The date on the Zenith vs. No Date on the Daytona.

  4. No screw-down pushers on the Zenith vs. screw-down pushers of the Daytona.

  5. Polished edges on the new Zenith bracelet vs. standard Oyster bracelet.

Although this new Zenith looks great in pictures and on paper, I believe that it's still leagues behind what makes Daytona truly great.