Presented at Baselworld 2017, this new model from Zenith’s Pilot Collection takes a trendy new look without losing the watch line’s vintage charm. In a new 40 mm case made from aged steel, its attributes inherited from aviation’s pioneering days – a broad fluted crown, oversized luminescent numerals, a grained dial and an in-house ‘motor’ – make an ideal match with the retro shades of the oily nubuck straps with contrasting stitching.
With its format suited to every wrist, the new Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm rounds out an emblematic range from Zenith, thus far composed of large-size watches. Its more ‘democratic’ dimensions continue to house the same original attributes: an in-house movement, a broad fluted crown and large luminescent Arabic numerals swept over by finely crafted hands.
The case crafted from aged steel and water-resistant to 100 metres is topped by a domed sapphire crystal protecting a broad slate grey or khaki or blue or burgundy dials with a grained finish. Optimal legibility is ensured by an aeronautically inspired font composed of beige Super-LumiNova® blocks, along with beige luminescent facetted hands.
At its heart beats the automatic Zenith Elite 679 calibre. This reliable and accurate in-house movement drives central hours, minutes and seconds hands, while delivering a 50-hour power reserve. In a nod to the history of the Maison, the solid aged steel case-back bears the company’s historical logo – a coat-of-arms studded with stars and bearing the founding date of the Manufacture Zenith: 1865.
This distinctive and classy watch sets the seal on its trendy neo-retro look with choice of straps in mustard, khaki, blue or burgundy oily nubuck, featuring a protective rubber lining and a titanium pin buckle.
Model: Pilot Collection: Pilot Type 20 Extra Special – 40 mm
11.1940.679/91.C807 (slate grey dial – mustard strap)
11.1940.679/63.C800 (khaki dial – khaki strap)
11.1940.679/53.C808 (blue dial – blue strap)
11.1940.679/94.C814 (burgundy dial – burgundy strap)
Elite 679, Automatic
Calibre 11 ½“` (Diameter: 25.6 mm)
Movement thickness: 3.85 mm
Frequency: 28,800 VpH (4 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishes: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif
Hours and minutes in the centre
Central seconds hand
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial-opening diameter: 33.10 mm
Thickness: 12.95 mm
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Aged steel case-back engraved with the old Zenith logo
Material: Aged steel
Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Slate grey or khaki or blue or burgundy, grained finish
Hour-markers: Arabic numerals in Super-LumiNova® SLN GL Beige
Hands: Black ruthenium-plated, faceted and coated with Super-LumiNova® SLN GL Beige
27.00.2018.800 Khaki-coloured oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
27.00.2018.807 Mustard-coloured oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
27.00.2018.808 Blue oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
27.00.2018.814 Burgundy oily nubuck leather strap with protective rubber lining
Buckle reference: 27.95.0031.001 Titanium pin buckle