Preheating Basel Zenith Launches Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

Impressive bronze case, large easy-to-adjust onion crown, large fluorescent digital time scale, and high-frequency El Primero mechanism: Zenith’s new Pilot watch proudly displays aviation DNA features of the Conqueror series. In 2017, this uniquely designed pilot’s timepiece interpreted pioneering style in the form of a chronograph. The sandblasted black dial and khaki green oily nubuck strap show a fearless adventure and a new retro look, just like the aviation pioneers accompanied by early watchmakers in the aviation era.
   With its distinguished style and vintage color, the new Pilot Extra Special Chronograph (29.2430.4069 / 21.C800) carries the fearless heritage of aviation heroes. In the early days of aviation, Zenith’s on-board instruments were known for their precision, ruggedness, and excellent legibility. This new timepiece was just the right successor. The new chronograph-a robust bronze case, a high-frequency El Primero ‘engine’, a black dial, and green fluorescent Arabic numerals-showcase the distinctive characteristics of the iconic pilot’s watch.

Bronze case
   The large 45 mm case is made of bronze with a large onion crown, which can be easily adjusted even when wearing gloves. The dial is adorned with oversized fluorescent digital hour markers to ensure unparalleled readability. Bronze is a high temperature resistant magnetic alloy, which can present a natural patina green over time, giving the watch a unique retro look.
   Under the domed sapphire crystal, the new sandblasted black dial regains the original large Arabic numerals, and the white (green fluorescence) is covered with Super-LumiNova® SLN C1. Fluorescent faceted hands sweep over the distinctive dial, which is decorated with two chronograph sub-dials and track-type minute rings. The decorative inscriptions ‘Montre d’ Aéronef’ and ‘Pilot’ remind people that when military and civil aviation is fashionable, Zenith is one of the first manufacturers of altimeters and cockpit instruments.

Precision mechanism
   Water-resistant to 100 meters, the case is equipped with an ‘engine’ known for legendary precision: the El Primero Calibre 4069 movement. This high-vibration column-wheel chronograph movement is the orthodox descendant of the world’s most accurate mass-produced chronograph movement created by Zenith in 1969. The El Primero Calibre 4069 calibre vibrates up to 36,000 times per hour (5 Hz). It has central hours, minutes, small seconds and chronograph functions. The timing accuracy can reach 1/10 seconds and it can provide a 50-hour power reserve.
   Titanium sealed case engraved with the pattern of the airplane piloted by Louis Brillio in 1909 when he crossed the English Channel wearing the Zenith watch, and the logo of Zenith Aviation Instruments. Designed and manufactured for aviation exploration, this watch features a khaki green oily nubuck leather strap with beige stitching, rubber lining and titanium pin buckle.