Zenith SA the Swiss luxury watchmaker founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot brings you the new Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph. Boasting a long-standing reputation for quality and precision, its one of the few Swiss watch manufacturers producing their own movements in-house. They are famous for the 1969 El Primero calibre that was one of the first automatic chronograph calibers, and n 2012 the El Primero Stratos Flyback was released. Now in 2017 the Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph has been born.
1969 El Primero Calibre
Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph
When it comes to Aviation Watches Zenith really have the scene covered with a collection of aviation-themed watches that now includes the new for 2017 Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in bronze. Yes, that’s right, in bronze. Just look at it, the large bronze case housing the El Primero movement sports giant luminescent numerals on the face, and to the side enormous onion crown and pushers. There is no hiding this beauty!
It’s clear Zenith are releasing their creativity in bucket loads when it comes to releasing new Pilot watches, and with this model, Zenith struck all the right notes.
The 45mm wide case is big in anyone`s language and its depth is pretty substantial at 14.25mm but it all comes together to create a large but manageable timepiece with a domed sapphire crystal complete with AR coating on both sides offering water resistance to 100 meters. Sadly, the ornate solid titanium case back with the Zenith flying instruments logo obscures any view
Sadly, the ornate solid titanium case back with the Zenith flying instruments logo obscures any view of the movement, which is disappointing but hardly a deal breaker. As I mentioned before it has massive pushers and crown crafted in browse just as the case is. On the dial, the Arabic numerals are oversized just as everything else is on this model, and the hands are long, wide with gold-plating to complete the aviation theme.
Ornate Solid Titanium Case Back
If you look closely you may see the dial`s surface can either appear satin dark or alternatively, a finely grained but reflective giving a somewhat duplicitous nature that only adds to its attractiveness. The fine grain certainly fits well with the relatively rough and ready masculinity of an unrefined bronze finish.
The strap is a really nice touch using oiled green nubuck leather with a rubber lining that stands out more than many other straps in my view.
Oiled Green Nubuck Strap
So, by now you may be asking yourself about the huge sum of money that you need to hand over to get your hands on this beauty? There have been reports the Zenith Heritage Pilot Extra Special Chronograph will be priced at $7,100 which is a relatively cheaper price than the price of the 38mm Zenith El Primero Original back in 1969.
So far I have seen a number of different prices ranging from $4,450 from chrono24 to $22,900.00 on eBay, so right now its probably best to let the market settle down before making a realistic bid for Heritage Pilot Extra. It’s something we see time and time again when a new model is released, first a big rush then the over priced piece appear on eBay for the more passionate of us to make a big emotional purchase.
My advice? Cool your boots and just wait. Prices will level off and you can find you perfect Heritage Pilot Extra at a comfortable price.
If you can’t wait that long why not take a look at some other Zenith models that may well catch your eye and cost you a little less, by visiting one of my favorite discount watch stores Jomashop, or alternatively Ashford.com