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Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch

Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch Watch Releases

2013 will see a number of additions to the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 watch collection that started last year with mega 57.5mm wide Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 that included a rather amazing recreation of a competition movement. Never intended as a serious collection, the popularity of the Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 likely spurred enough noise that Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour decided to expand on the range. This new Zenith Pilot model is the most appreciated Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar, and includes the name Zenith El Primero caliber 4054 automatic movement produced in conjunction with maker designer Ludwig Oeschlin. This movement originally debuted in the Zenith Captain Winsor watch.

From classy now to sporty, the chronograph with annual calendar in the El Primero 4054 finds itself a good home in the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar. The timepieces will sport 48mm wide cases in that beautiful old pilot watch style based on an original vintage Zenith pilot watch and airplane instrument clock design. We were able to get a sneak peak at the new Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 watches for 2013 back in January and they look fantastic. While at almost 60mm wide the original was tough to stomach on the wrist for long periods of time. The new more reasonable sizes make sense and the design of the cases and dials is fantastic. This year Zenith will offer the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar in both steel and 18k rose gold.

Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch Watch Releases

Legibility and comfort (assuming you like large watches) are the key elements of the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 collection. The dial design is taken from the Zenith Type 20 cockpit clock dial, and is slathered with lume matched to perfectly sized hands on these watches. While we love the modern Zenith Stratos collection of sport watches, the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 range offers a very appealing retro aviation style sport watch as an alternative. Gotta love that giant onion-style crown as well. We will be back later with a hands-on look after meeting with Zenith at Basel. So are the new Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Watches up your alley? Price is 9,900 Swiss Francs in steel and 21,000 Swiss Francs in titanium/18k rose gold.

Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch Watch Releases

Tech specs from Zenith:



El Primero 4054, automatic
Calibre: 13¼ “` (Diameter: 30 mm)
Thickness: 8.30 mm
Components: 341
Jewels: 29
Frequency: 36,000 VpH – (5 Hz)
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishings: Oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” pattern.

Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
1-counter chronograph:
-Central chronograph hand
-60-minute counter at 6 o’clock
Day and month at 3 o’clock
Date indicator at 6 o’clock

Material: Titanium case, 18-carat rose gold bezel, lugs, pushers and crown or stainless steel case
Diameter: 48 mm
Diameter opening: 40 mm
Thickness: 15.80 mm
Crystal: Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Zenith Flying Instruments logo
Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Dial: Matt black
Hour-markers: SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands: Gold-plated rhodium, satin-brushed or black ruthenium

Brown alligator leather strap with beige stitching and titanium pin buckle
Brown alligator leather strap with beige stitching and stainless steel pin buckle



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  • Kar Wai Law

    Oh god! I’m gonna sell everything I have just to buy this watch! Slightly worn pair of boxers anyone?

  • Ulysses31

    It’s very beautiful… well, almost.  I don’t like the way the sub-dials and day/date are scrunched up in the centre.  It just doesn’t look balanced and is probably due to the size of the movement.  The relatively huge hands can easily obscure these features.  I don’t like this scrunching on TW Steel watches and I don’t like it here.

    • nateb123

      Ulysses31 I feel like the numbers do a good job of obscuring the “scrunchiness”.  If the watch were smaller, not only would the Fleiger/Big Pilot market probably be disinterested, it would also look shabby with cutoff numbers.  I think it’s staggeringly beautiful  and can’t think of a pilot’s watch I’d rather wear.

  • Ryan B

    It’s nice, I see what they were going for, but that crown man …… geeez !

  • NWP

    In 44mm it would be beautiful, in 48mm not so much, in my opinion.

  • Panagiotis

    Seriously? The hands are about the same size as my index finger… normally that’s a good thing, if only their design wasn’t so atrocious!
    I’ll take the vintage watch on the leather NATO anytime. This new thing…feels like the people who will buy it aren’t in on the joke…

  • Gee Z

    Very nice design, great movement, but just too big for a classy watch in my opinion.

  • CG

    There are normal sized very wearable Zeniths that better than this oversized steroidal watch.
    If this a “pilot” “aero’ watch it would give me pause to think you could pass your flight physical with such bad eye sight yhat you need something this big.

  • Fraser Petrick

    At 48mm I could still wear it over the sleeve of my leather, sheeps wool lined Battle of Britain 1942 Spitfire pilot’s jacket. “Bandits at ten o’clock high, chaps! Tally-ho!”

  • AbhishekMEHRA

    great watch!  any clue how much they cost?

  • Kris C

    Heavy duty want, seriously. I love the initial iteration of this line, but when I saw the size my heart sank… Its just way too big. 48mm is no ninja, but certainly wearable, and still retains all the style points. Can’t wait to try it on.

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