PRE-BASEL 2019: Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver

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Zenith has chosen its iconic Pilot line to introduce its first ever timepiece with a silver case in a 250-piece limited edition

Renowned for its unique heritage and extensive range of appealing choices, the Pilot line offers the ideal platform for this new high-flyer issued in a 250-piece limited edition.Zenith is the watch brand that holds the trademark for the ‘Pilot’ name, naturally giving it special legitimacy in the realm of aviation timepieces. Powered by high-precision mechanical ‘engines’ in the shape of Zenith Manufacture movements, these are models distinguished by reliability, readability and robustness.

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Zenith is the watch brand that holds the trademark for the ‘Pilot’ name

The Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver channels the collection’s pioneering spirit as well as Zenith’s acclaimed history of onboard instruments developed during the early years of aeronautics. Water-resistant to 100 metres, the 45 mm-diameter silver case is duly inscribed on the back with the Zenith flying instruments logo in tribute to its origins.

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The Pilot line offers the ideal platform for this new high-flyer issued in a 250-piece limited edition

The instantly identifiable wide ratcheted Pilot crown ensuring quick and easy adjustment, while the clearly legible brushed silver riveted dial bears the line’s emblematic outsize hour-markers and likewise oversized faceted luminescent hours, minutes and seconds hands. The accuracy of these indications is ensured by an automatic Zenith Elite 679 calibre endowed with a generous 50-hour power reserve. Securing this rugged model securely to the wrist is a brown calfskin leather strap with a rivet and silver pin buckle, along with a distinctive tab recalling those featured on vintage pilot helmets.

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The instantly identifiable wide ratcheted Pilot crown ensuring quick and easy adjustment

While never losing sight of the adventurous mindset that forged its legend, the imposing presence and sporting spirit of the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver offers a standout silver spin on a proud heritage.

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The clearly legible brushed silver riveted dial bears the line’s emblematic outsize hour-markers

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver

Reference: 05.2430.679.17.C902

Genuine Silver 950 case: Limited Edition of 250 units

Case-back engraved with Zenith flying instruments logo

Inspired by the legendary Zenith aviation watches

Arabic numerals entirely made of SuperLuminova

MOVEMENT

Elite 679, Automatic

Calibre: 11 ½“` (Diameter: 25.60mm)

Movement thickness: 3.85mm

Components: 126

Jewels: 27

Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4Hz)

Power-reserve: min. 50 hours

Finishing: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif

FUNCTIONS

Hours and minutes in the centre

Central seconds hand

CASE, DIAL & HANDS

Diameter: 45 mm

Diameter opening: 37.8 mm

Thickness: 14.25 mm

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case-back: Silver case-back engraved with the Zenith flying instruments logo

Material: Silver 950

Water-resistance: 10 ATM

Dial: Brushed riveted dial with shiny reflections

Hour-markers Arabic numerals in SuperLuminova SLN C1

Hands Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1

STRAP & BUCKLE

Brown calfskin leather strap with a rivet

Silver pin buckle