Zenith is a watch brand I have admired for many years. They arguably have the best in-house chronograph movement in the market today. They have been manufacturing watches since 1865 and though they are owned by luxury power house LVMH, they operate completely autonomously.
This year at Basel 2013, Zenith released their Pilots collection which has been very well received by the press and collectors alike. The have an entire range of Pilots watches ranging from 40 mm to 57.5 mm in case diameter and complications from GMT to annual calendar and Tourbillons.
The watch that impresses me most out of this new Zenith Pilots collection is the new 48 mm stainless steel Type 20 GMT. While every brand under the sun has tried to copy the look of IWC Big Pilots Watch, Zenith has gone another direction.
This is a very easy to use and well made travel watch. The masculinity of the 48 mm case and simplicity of the matte black Arabic dial makes it an everyday watch, while the GMT second time zone function gives the end user the technical sophisticated side they may be looking for. The luminous Arabic numerals are big and bold without crowding the dial, while the sub-second hand at the 9’oclock position is so seamlessly integrated into the dial and subtle.
The GMT second time zone hand is distinguished from the hour and minute hand by the red tip. I love how well laid out and clear and contrasting the dial of this watch is. The crown is a nicely rounded screw-down onion crown which has no sharp edges like other pilots watches that can cause injury or irritation to the skin. The movement is an in- house elite movement which has been modified to accommodate the GMT function for this watch. The GMT function is operated by a push button at the 10 o’clock position side of the case. The strap is a nice brown calfskin which is rubber lined and a stainless steel pin buckle.
You would think a watch like this being a complete in- house manufacture would be in the ten to twelve thousand dollar range for what you are getting, but I am pleased to tell you that this is one of the best pure valued watches in the industry at $7,900.
Pilot : Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT
Arabic numerals entirely made of SuperLuminova
Case-back engraved with Zenith aviation instruments
Inspired by the legendary Zenith aviation watches