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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel United Kingdom, Kingston Upon Hull
Zenith Pilot Type 20
£3,830
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Ian Blowers Jewellers
55
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 45mm United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Automatic Bronze Mens Watch...
£4,650
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34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 45mm United Kingdom, Suffolk
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£2,750
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 48mm Black United Kingdom, Essex
Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT "Arabic" with Box and Papers
£5,895
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161
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 48mm Black No numerals United Kingdom, Oxford
Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Limited 1903
£3,650
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138
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20
£3,603
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Guardian Of Time
1020
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Silver 45mm Silver United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 20 45 mm
£6,126
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 40mm United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
£3,980
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49
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Rose gold 48mm Black United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20
£8,700
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Tempo and Time Ltd
37
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Steel 48mm Black
Zenith Pilot 48 Montre D'Aeronef type 20 Annual Calendar 99%...
£4,831
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LTW (Luxury Time Watches)
19
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Black United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith El Primero Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Automatic...
£6,400
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SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 45mm Grey Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Glasgow
Zenith Pilot Type-20 Ton-Up Chronograph
£3,200
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Titanium United Kingdom, Manchester
Zenith Pilot Type 20
£3,799
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Jigsaw Watches
64
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 40mm Blue Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.1940.679/57.C808
£3,686
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Watch My Diamonds
246
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20
£4,765
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Guardian Of Time
1020
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Bronze 43mm Bronze United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback
£5,414
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WatchesofMayfair.com
631
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20
£5,250
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Watch Philosophy
49
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 48mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Titan Pilot Montre D'Aeronef Type 20 GMT "Rolling...
£3,825
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WatchBox
476
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Steel 48mm Black
Zenith 03.2430.693/21.C723
£3,543
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Prestige Time
327
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 45mm Blue United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Extra Special Men’s 45mm...
£5,310
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SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 48mm United Kingdom, Shipston-on-Stour
Zenith Heritage Pilot Type 20 GMT 96.2430.693 Red Baron
£4,350
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Black
Zenith Heritage Pilot Type 20 Extra Special in Bronze 45mm -...
£3,864
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43
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.c753
£3,728
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Watch My Diamonds
246
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph
£4,504
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Guardian Of Time
1020
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Grey United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback
£5,414
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WatchesofMayfair.com
631
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 40mm Blue Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Zenith Pilot Type 20 11.1942.679/53.c808
£4,067
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The Watch Source Limited
82
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Type 20 Pilot Montre d'Aeronef 03.1930.681/21.C723
£2,376
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WatchBox
476
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Grey
Zenith Pilot Chronograph 11.2240.405/21.c773
£3,986
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Prestige Time
327
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 45mm Grey United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith Pilot Cronmetro Tipo Grey Men’s 45mm Watch 11.2240.405/...
£5,760
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SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 45mm Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Extra Special Black Dial...
£2,979
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WatchMaxx
372
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grey Steel/Leather 40mm - 11.1940.679/91....
£3,204
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
877
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 45mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Type 20 11.2432.4069/21.C900 
£3,986
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Watch My Diamonds
246
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 45mm Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Ton Up
£4,054
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Guardian Of Time
1020
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 40mm Blue United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
£4,045
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WatchesofMayfair.com
631
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Bronze 40mm Blue Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Zenith Pilot Type 20 29.1940.679/57.c808
£4,067
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The Watch Source Limited
82
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Lady Rose gold 40mm Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Montres d'Aeronef Type 20 Lady 22.1931.681/79.C732
£16,065
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WatchBox
476
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 48mm Black
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 96.2439.693/77.c809...
£3,777
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Prestige Time
327
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 45mm Green United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith Pilot Automatic Stainless Steel Green Dial Mens Watch...
£5,900
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SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 40mm Black
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.1930.681 / 21.C723 Watch with Leather...
£2,374
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285
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Ton-up Grey Steel/Leather...
£3,671
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
877
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 45mm Grey Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 11.2430.679/21.C801
Price on request
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Watch My Diamonds
246
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
£4,189
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Guardian Of Time
1020
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Blue United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Extra Special
£5,135
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WatchesofMayfair.com
631
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Bronze 40mm Black Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Zenith Pilot Type 20 29.1940.679/21.c800
£4,067
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The Watch Source Limited
82
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 48mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Type 20 GMT "Tribute to Rolling Stones" Limited Edition...
£3,583
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WatchBox
476
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Blue
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph 29.2430.4069/57.c808 Extra...
£3,616
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Prestige Time
327
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback Men’s 43mm Watch...
£6,120
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SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel Bronze Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback Bronze Dial Brown...
£3,825
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WatchMaxx
372
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Steel 40mm Blue United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
£3,750
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Heritage Watches Ltd
74
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Grey Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Type 20 11.2240.405/21.C773
Price on request
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Watch My Diamonds
246
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 45mm Grey Arabic numerals United Kingdom, London
Zenith Pilot Type 20
£4,639
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Guardian Of Time
1020
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm United Kingdom, London
Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro Tipo CP-2
£5,693
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WatchesofMayfair.com
631
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Bronze 45mm Blue Arabic numerals United Kingdom, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph 29.2430.4069/57.c808
£4,779
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The Watch Source Limited
82
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Heritage Chronometre Tipo CP2 Chronograph 03.2240.4069/...
£3,422
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476
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 43mm Blue
Zenith Pilot Chronograph 03.2241.405/51.c915 TIPO CP-2 USA...
£5,715
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Prestige Time
327
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 48mm United Kingdom, Bowness on Windermere
Zenith Pilot Men’s Watch 03.2430.4054-21.C721 (Copy)
£7,850
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SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Ton-up Grey Steel/Leather...
£3,671
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877
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT Titanium 47mm Black United Kingdom, Sutton
Zenith MONTRE D'AERONEF - Gents- ?FNCWW
£2,796
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EST 1897
432
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
£3,945
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Watch My Diamonds
246
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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Steel 32mm Black Arabic numerals
Zenith Pilot circa 1944
£1,208
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Second Time Around Watch Company
112
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Aeronautical Tradition since 1909

The Zenith Pilot collection is made up of retro pilot's watches that are reminiscent of the Swiss manufacturer's long aeronautical tradition. Top models are rose gold chronographs with a tourbillon or an annual calendar.

Highlights

  • Retro designs reminiscent of early pilot's watches
  • Top models are chronographs with a tourbillon
  • In-house calibers such as the Zenith Elite or Zenith El Primero
  • Vintage 70s watches at affordable prices
  • Zenith Pilot available with an annual calendar, GMT, or as a chronograph

Zenith Pilot: Classic Pilot's Watches with In-House Calibers

As its name suggests, the Zenith Pilot collection is comprised of pilot's watches. The luxury watch manufacturer from Le Locle near the French border began developing measuring instruments and watches for airplanes and pilots at the beginning of the 20th century. According to Zenith, the French aviator Louis Blériot wore one of their watches when he made the first flight across the English Channel in 1909. This early pilot's watch had many features of later models: a large crown, a black dial with large numerals, brightly illuminated indices and hands, and a rotatable bezel with an arrow-shaped marker.

The design of current models is based on historical pilot's watches, making them quite retro and trendy. Zenith isn't the only Swiss manufacturer producing retro watches currently. Many are even re-introducing watches smaller than 40 mm, a move that follows the recent trend of shrinking watches. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm, which was introduced at Baselworld 2017, features an aged stainless steel case and falls in line with this trend as well. The watch has a grained dial and hands and numerals filled with a beige luminous material. The oversized crown is another feature that's reminiscent of the first Zenith pilot's watches. The Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm comes with a nubuck leather strap, either in wine red, blue, khaki, or mustard yellow. The first three strap colors come with a matching colored dial, while the mustard yellow version is paired with a slate gray dial.

Top models in this collection are chronographs that feature a tourbillon or an annual calendar. The Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon is primarily available in 18-karat rose gold. Models set with diamonds are especially luxurious and cost over 100,000 euros. Without the jewels, these tourbillon watches cost around 50,000 euros. The Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar is significantly less expensive; you only have to correct its calendar manually once each year at the end of February. You can purchase a stainless steel model for around 7,700 euros, while gold versions start at 13,000 euros.

How much does a Zenith Pilot cost?

A pre-owned vintage Zenith Pilot only costs around 700 euros. You should plan on spending a bit more on a newer retro watch. A Pilot Type 20 Extra Special in very good condition costs around 3,300 euros. A new model, on the other hand, will cost you around 3,700 euros. This classic pilot's watch is 45 mm in diameter, made of stainless steel, and features a black dial with Arabic numerals as hour markers. Like the hands, they glow in the dark to make reading your watch at night easier.

The three-hand watch is also available with a bronze case. Bronze watches like the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo have been highly sought after by watch collectors for years. Since bronze develops a patina over time, each of these wristwatches becomes a unique piece. A new Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze costs about 5,300 euros new.

Detailed Price Information

Model Price (approx.) Features
Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon, Ref. 87.2430.4035/21.C721 50,000 euros Tourbillon, chronograph, rose gold
Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar, Ref. 03.2430.4054/21.C721 7,700 euros Annual calendar, chronograph
Cronometro TIPO CP-2, Ref. 03.2240.4069/21.C774 5,500 euros Limited to 1,000 pieces, chronograph
Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT 1903 5,500 euros Black-coated titanium, GMT function
Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze, Ref. 29.2430.679/21.C753 5,300 euros Bronze

Pilot's Chronographs

Like the three-hand variants, the retro-looking Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is available with a stainless steel or bronze case. Inside the 45-mm timepiece ticks the world-famous in-house caliber, the Zenith El Primero, which was also the first chronograph movement ever produced. The caliber has an unusually high balance frequency of 36,000 A/h, enabling it to time 1/10ths of seconds and making it one of the most precise chronograph movements in the world. This chronograph has a power reserve lasting 50 hours.

Unlike most watches in the El Primero Chronomaster collection, the Pilot Type 20 Chronograph only features two subdials, one for the decentralized seconds and the other for the 30-minute counter. Many Chronomasters also have a 12-hour counter at six o'clock. A stainless steel Zenith pilot's chronograph costs around 5,500 euros when new. A new bronze variant costs around the same amount.

Limited Edition of a Coveted Military Watch

One highlight is the Zenith Pilot Cronometro TIPO CP-2, an El Primero-powered chronograph limited to a run of 1,000 pieces. The design of the 43-mm wristwatch resembles that of the famous Cairelli watch from the 1960s. This was a military chronograph produced by Zenith which the Roman dealer A. Cairelli delivered to the Italian armed forces. At the time, the official name of the watch was Cronometro TIPO CP-2. Since the watch was produced in the pre-El Primero era, it's not powered by the legendary movement. Instead, it was powered by the Zenith 146 DP, which was based on Caliber 749 by Martel. Martel, a chronograph specialist, has been part of Zenith since the early 1960s.

When creating the Cairelli, Zenith had to pay careful attention to the military's strict specifications. Seeing as multiple manufacturers were producing watches for the Italian military along with Zenith, such as Panerai, there are other pilot's chronographs which very closely resemble the Cronometro TIPO CP-2. One example is a military watch from Universal Genève, which also has two subdials, a rotatable bezel with a 60-minute scale, and a zero marker.

The limited edition of the Zenith Pilot Cromonetro TIPO CP-2 costs around 5,500 euros when new. You have to pay significantly more for a rarer vintage model, as the prices range between 17,000 and 25,000 euros.

Zenith Pilot with a GMT Function

If you're often flying and changing time zones, you already know the advantages of a GMT watch. This type of wristwatch displays a second time zone, usually via an additional hand and a 24-hour scale. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT is one such watch; you can recognize its GMT hand by its red tip. The design of this pilot's watch resembles that of the other Type 20 watches.

One of the top GMT models is the 48-mm Pilot Montre d'Aéronef Typ 20 GMT 1903 with a black-coated titanium case. It also has Arabic numerals coated in Super-LumiNova. The caseback has an engraving featuring the Wright Brothers and their famous airplane. A wide, distressed leather bund-style strap keeps the watch on your wrist, and it's powered by the in-house caliber Elite 693. You can purchase a new timepiece for around 5,500 euros, while a pre-owned version costs 1,000 euros less.

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