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Zenith - Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

In 2017, this famous aviator’s watch with its distinctive design expresses its trailblazing style in chronograph mode.

A natural heir to the onboard instruments developed by Zenith in the early years of aeronautics and known for their precision, sturdiness and outstanding legibility, this chronograph sports the vigorous typology of these iconic pilot’s watches.

The 45 mm-diameter case, water-resistant to 100m and featuring a large screwed-in crown and ratcheted pushpieces facilitating adjustment with gloved hands – is made of bronze , a highly resistant anti-magnetic alloy that acquires a natural patina giving it a unique vintage touch.
Topped by a domed sapphire crystal, the new sandblasted black dial picks up the font of the original large Arabic numerals, made from blocks of white (green-emission) Super-LumiNova® SLN C1. The luminescent facetted hands sweep over this distinctive watch face, also punctuated by two counters and a railway-type minutes track. The inscriptions “Montre d’Aéronef” and “Pilot” are a reminder that the Manufacture was one of the first producers of altimeters and cockpit watches at the dawn of military and civil aviation.

Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

The timepiece houses the El Primero Calibre 4069, a high-frequency column-wheel chronograph movement which is a descendant of the world’s most accurate series-made chronograph, developed by Zenith and presented in 1969. Beating at a rate of 5Hz enabling a tenth-of-a-second display, it drives the central hours and minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions, while ensuring a 50-hour power reserve.

Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

In a nod to its aviation origins, the solid titanium case-back depicts the plane flown by Louis Blériot when he crossed the Channel in 1909 with a Zenith on his wrist, along with the Zenith flight instruments logo, complemented by a motif inspired by the fuselage of the legendary French pilot’s aircraft.

The Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is harnessed to the wrist by a khaki green oily nubuck leather strap with beige stitching, rubber-lined and secured by a titanium pin buckle.


Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

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