Today’s report is dedicated to the new Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph, which was displayed on Baselworld 2017. Well, name says it all, so let’s take a closer look.
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This model might be familiar for some of you, but this time it comes in chrono version. Swiss manufacturer is quite famous for its flying instruments, and newcomer continues old tradition of reliable timepieces. Moreover, such design fits perfectly into recent vintage trend. If such design is not a great example of classic styling, I don’t know what actually is. 🙂 In design we can distinguish several main cues. It’s large, and all that space is conveniently dedicated to big watchface, which should be easy to read. Ok, I will admit that real flying instruments are slightly bigger that Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph, but 45mm seems to be a perfect compromise between size and comfort.
Another thing that attracts attention – bronze case. We’ve seen this material on models from other manufacturers, but this time it looks truly special. Of course, it looks vintage, and it should also get a nice patina. Such effect will make your watch even more unique, even though this is not a limited edition. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be worried about case back – it’s made out of titanium.
Next part of overall styling – crown and buttons. Those ar big enough in order to be manipulated in gloves. Well, come on, who are we trying to fool? I doubt that somebody will try to operate watch in gloves, we just love big things. 😉 Large Arabic numbers on the watchface should make it easier to read time. Of course, they are covered with SuperLuminova and should shine green in dark. Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is topped with sapphire glass, which is domed in shape and contributes to classic look of this model.
Inside watch manufacturer used El Primero Calibre 4069, which is quite reliable and should be well-known among Zenith fans. Movement features 50 hours power reserve, which should be enough for your adventures. By the way, case features 100 m water protection, what should be enough for pilot watch.
We didn’t have chance to check Zenith models on the previous expo, and I was happy to try them this year. Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is one of them, and I can say that this model is one of my Baselworld favorites. Good to see that Swiss manufacturers still remember their roots and ready to surprise us with decent vintage timepiece.
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