Pilot Type 20 Ton Up (45mm)

Reference# 11.2432.679/21.C900
Manufacturer's retail price: $7,400
  • Details
  • Description
  • Case: aged stainless steel
  • Size: 45mm
  • Movement: automatic-winding manufacture Elite 679
  • Power Reserve: approximately 50 hours
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Dial: matte black
  • Caseback: solid with Café Racer Spirit engraving
  • Hands: luminous hands and markers
  • Strap/Bracelet: black oily nubuck leather with protective rubber lining
  • Factory Warranty: two years

In 2019, the brand with the guiding star is complementing the retro look and sporting appeal of its Pilot collection with two distinctive new black and blue interpretations. Created for modern-day adventurers, whether taking to the skies or hitting the highway café racer style, Zenith’s Pilot timepieces are the perfect embodiment of the adventurous spirit propelling the aviation pioneers that the manufacture has accompanied since the early days of flight. With its intense colors and fine proportions, the Pilot Type 20 lends itself particularly well to vintage variations while never losing sight of its legendary heritage.

The imposing presence and venturesome temperament of this line make a striking appearance in the form of two muscled-up 45mm diameter models. The Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Blue features a signature bronze case paired with a sober matte blue dial and matching blue nubuck strap. In a nod to the history of the maison, its titanium caseback is engraved with the hallmark Zenith flying instruments logo. The latest tribute to the café racer biker community (also known as Ton-up boys), the Pilot Type 20 Ton Up Black features an aged stainless steel case, matte black dial and black oily nubuck leather strap lined with rubber for additional comfort. It offers a fresh interpretation of a model in which Zenith has taken a pilot’s watch design and combined it with vintage motorcycle racing heritage.

Both these variations feature the easily identifiable, smoothly adjustable ratcheted wide Pilot crown and are powered by an automatic Zenith Elite 679 caliber. This reliable and accurate in-house movement drives central hours, minutes and seconds hands, while delivering a 50-hour power reserve. Devoid of date or calendar information, the dials stick to the bare minimum with outsize faceted luminous minute and seconds gold or black ruthenium-plated hands (typical of pilot’s watches) offering clear as day legibility, along with the oversized luminescent Arabic numerals emblematic of the line.