2019 is the 50th anniversary of the El Primero so Zenith positively has one thing up their sleeves for Baselworld. In the meantime, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver is what they’ve used to slake our horological lusts in the mean time. The Zenith Pilot Type 20, as you would possibly very effectively recall, re-launched to nice aplomb in 2012. Back then, it was known as the Zenith Montre d’Aéronef Type 20. It’s debut identify was a mirrored image of its recognition within the French market, due to “Father of Aviation” Louis Blériot and his first flight throughout the English Channel in a heavier-than-air plane, on 25 July 1909 with a Zenith strapped to his wrist.
“I am very satisfied with the Zenith watch, which I usually use, and I cannot recommend it too highly to people who are looking for precision”, -French aviator Louis Blériot, first to cross English channel
Since that maiden voyage, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 grew to become the onboard chronometer of selection for the French airforce in 1939. In the Le Locle manufacture’s fashionable historical past, the long-lasting Type 20 Pilot’s wristwatch has stored its bigger than life proportions and has had its midcase constructed from all kinds of supplies – gold, gunmetal, bronze and even an engraved Grand Feu version ensconced in sapphire. Today, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver embraces its namesake materials. Utilising silver, a lustrous valuable steel with the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any steel, the restricted version Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver embraces the core attractiveness of a predecessor, an immortal, classically elegant timepiece with a case which oxidises and matures with its proprietor.
Zenith’s latest Pilot Type 20 Extra Special is made utilizing sterling silver is an alloy, composed primarily of silver and a a lot smaller proportion of copper. Though the fabric is normally not very reactive to oxygen or water, it’s chemically delicate to environmental pollution. Hence, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver Limited Edition 250 Pieces ages extra so in our fashionable age than it will throughout our pre-industrial period. That mentioned, the lustre is well restored utilizing dipping baths that cut back the silver sulfide floor to metallic silver, and cleansing off the layer of tarnish with a paste.
Zenith nonetheless holds the trademark for the ‘Pilot’ identify, giving it particular legitimacy and provenance in aviation timepieces; it’s a legacy additional deepened by the caseback engraving which sports activities Zenith Flying Instruments, a historic nod to that interval in historical past earlier than the legacy of its beloved El Primero chronograph.
Limited Edition Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver Price and Specs
Movement Automatic manufacture Elite 679 calibre with 50 hours energy reserve
Case 45mm sterling silver with 100 metres water resistance
Strap calfskin leather-based