Linking through to their rich heritage and their aeronautical traditions, Zenith remodel all their favourite characteristics of a retro pilot's timepiece in creations within the Pilot watch collection. These special timepieces are equipped with in-house developed movements manufactured by the company's expert team of technicians. The El Primero Calibre and the Elite calibre all provide impressive power reserves and operate at a high frequency. Many of the watches showcase the meticulous arrangement of each individual component within one of these automatic movements through a caseback crafted from sapphire crystal glass. The glass is integrated with scratch resistant and anti reflective technology to grant the perfect view into the back of the watch as well as the front of the dial. Top models within the Zenith Pilot watch collection are equipped with tourbillons to enhance accuracy, whilst other models boast cases crafted from the finest 18ct rose gold.
A Zenith Pilot watch is perfectly tailored to suit the needs of those who fly aircrafts for a living or for a hobby. Their legible dials are accentuated further with luminous filled central hands and bold indexes to match. Choose from different coloured dials and injections of vibrant colour – all of which build upon the charm of an authentic Zenith Pilot watch. The large crowns seen on the side of the bezels are easy to operate under a pair of flying gloves, whilst the sapphire glass sheltering the face of the dial will rid the pilot of any undesirable glare affecting his vision through the lens.
Some of the Zenith Pilot watches feature classic chronograph dials. Geared to appeal to those with a taste in technical-looking timepieces, these watches flaunt a subtle sporty vibe and have been finished on a selection of comfortable, supple leather straps with stainless steel fastens. The Le Locle watch manufacture that develops fine Swiss watches in their head quarters began creating measuring instruments for aircraft and pilots at the beginning of the 20th century. Features like the rotatable bezel highlighted with a triangular marker are still seen in the newer models today. Zenith equipped the wrist of French aviator Louis Bleriot when he made his first journey across the English Channel in 1909. Since then Zenith’s Pilot watches not only became a symbol of reliability and accuracy, they were also loved as a gentleman’s timepiece for every occasion.
Whilst browsing through our collection of Zenith Pilot watches here at Owen & Robinson, you will notice the range varies from sleek black dials to classic blue dials and a sophisticated grey coloured dial. The large Arabic numerals are bold and confident – they dominate the dial very much like the old retro models did. One of the most unique and interesting characteristics of Zenith Pilot watches are their oily nuback leather straps which are presented in greens and browns. They bring a vintage vibe to the wrist – a style that will be welcomed by those who have followed in Zenith's success in creating pilots watch over the years.