Zenith - ZENITH PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL
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Zenith - ZENITH PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL

ZENITH PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL

Zenith
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6'900 €

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-NEW CASE IN BRONZE -SCREWED-IN CROWN -CASE-BACK ENGRAVED WITH ZENITH FLYING INSTRUMENTS LOGO -INSPIRED BY THE LEGENDARY ZENITH AVIATION WATCHES -ARABIC NUMERALS ENTIRELY MADE OF SUPERLUMINOVA

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THE VINTAGE SPIRIT OF A NATURALLY PATINATED BRONZE CASE

The Pilot Type 20 Extra Special with its new bronze case is making a noteworthy entrance into the collection of Zenith aviator watches. Bronze, a particularly resistant non-magnetic copper and tin alloy, acquires a natural patina as it oxidises, thereby accentuating the vintage appeal of this legendary appeal.
 
Testifying to the pioneering role played by Zenith in developing flight instruments in the early days of aviation, the new Pilot Type 20 Extra Special is endowed with all the original attributes of a pilot’s watch: oversized luminescent Arabic numerals ensuring impeccable readability, as well as a large ratcheted screwed-in crown enabling adjustment with gloved hands. Enhanced by a domed sapphire crystal, its functions are distinctively displayed on a broad matt black dial framed by a minute track, while the imposing Arabic numerals made from blocks of white Super-LumiNova® and the faceted luminescent hands reinforce its vintage elegance and its optimal legibility. At the heart of the generous 45 mm bronze case that is water-resistant to 100 metres beats the automatic Zenith Elite Calibre 679. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), this accurate and reliable Manufacture-made movement driving central hours, minutes and seconds hands has a 50-hour power reserve.
 
The solid titanium case-back, bearing an etching of Louis Blériot’s plane and adorned with the Zenith Flying Instruments logo, is a vivid reminder of its legendary origins. A rubber-lined Nubuck strap fitted with a titanium pin buckle sets the final touch to this vintage-spirit timepiece made for adventurers with a thirst for wide horizons.
 

Technical specifications

MOVEMENT
Elite 679, Automatic
Calibre: 11½``` (Diameter: 25.60 mm)
Thickness: 3.85 mm
Components: 126
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif
FUNCTIONS
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
CASE, DIAL & HANDS
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 45 mm
Opening diameter: 37.80 mm
Thickness: 14.25 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Titanium case-back engraved with the Zenith aviation instruments logo
Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Dial: Black
Hour-markers: Arabic numerals in SuperLuminova SLN C3
Hands: Gold-plated, faceted and coated with
SuperLuminova SLN C3
STRAP & BUCKLE
Oily Nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
Titanium pin buckle
Reference: 29.2430.679/21.C753
 

Who's who

Founded in Le Locle in 1865 by a visionary watchmaker, Georges Favre-Jacot, the Manufacture Zenith gained swift recognition for the precision of its chronometers, with which it has won 2,333 chronometry prizes in a century and a half of existence: an absolute record in terms of pocket watches, onboard timers and wristwatches. Having earned fame thanks to its legendary El Primero calibre – an integrated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement launched in 1969 and endowed with a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour that ensures short-time measurements accurate to the nearest 1/10th of a second – the Manufacture Zenith has since developed over 600 movement variations.
 
All possessing a Manufacture movement, Zenith watches are entirely developed and produced at Le Locle. This Manufacture currently stands at the exact spot where its founder built the first company workshop, thereby physically embodying a continuity that is a rarity in itself.
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