The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.

Zenith Stratos Rainbow Flyback

Last year, Zenith released a black DLC Stratos Rainbow Limited Edition that was a Zenith Boutique Exclusive. This year at Baselworld, Zenith showed a steel version that is available at authorized dealers and is now in stock at Topper. Below are photos of a production model of the Zenith El Primero Stratos Rainbow Flyback Chronograph. Like other steel bracelet Stratos Flyback models, it retails at $9,300. A "Flyback" is a chronograph that stops, resets, and starts again when the reset pusher is engaged while the chronograph is running.

The colorful three o'clock sub dial of the "Rainbow" first appeared in a flyback version of the original Rainbow in 1997. The "Rainbow" series had been introduced years earlier for the French Military in 1992, but at that time, it didn't have the multi-colored subdial. Around 2000, production ceased on the entire series of the Rainbow. Later, in the mid 2000s, the colorful sub dial that had been in the Rainbow Flyback again appeared in the avant garde Defy Classic models. Now it returns once again in the rugged Stratos Flyback.

Another interesting use of color in the Stratos Rainbow is in the anodized aluminum bezel, which features red markings in addition to the more common black and silver that is found on other Stratos model bezels.

Zenith Stratos Rainbow Flyback 03.2061.405/21.M2060 $9,300

The signature multi-color three o'clock subdial of the Stratos Rainbow

The colorful red bezel of the Stratos Rainbow and the telemeter surrounding the dial

The seconds subdial with guilloche and raised lumed arabic numerals

The date wheel and raised lumed arabic numerals

The black bezel with red numbering and high polish steel case, crown and chrono pushers

Lume shot of the Stratos Rainbow Flyback

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.