Earlier this year at LMVH in Dubai, Zenith put the brand’s aviation heritage into the spotlight with the launch of two new Hyundai models. The Pilot Type 20 Rescue (Ref. 03.2434.679/20.I010) and Pilot Type 20 Rescue Chronograph (Ref. 03.2434.4069/20.I010) feature 45mm brushed stainless steel cases and textured sunray grey dials. They come on a black vintage calfskin strap with a titanium pin buckle.
The Pilot Type 20 Rescue (Ref. 03.2434.679/20.I010) is inspired by the Zenith 1900s style retro aeronautical models of the Pilot Type 20 series. It is powered by the self-winding self-winding calibre Elite 679, with a large dial showing the hours, minutes and seconds.
The Pilot Type 20 Rescue Chronograph (Ref. 03.2434.4069/20.I010) is powered by an automatic column-wheel chronograph movement, El Primero 4069, which also offers a 50-hour power reserve. The watch features a central chronograph hand, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small second at 9 o’clock. Hours and minutes are centrally located.
Both models have a power reserve of around 50 hours and are water resistant to 10 ATM. In addition, the domed sapphire crystal of both watches is anti-reflective treatment. The dial features rhodium-plated gold-faced hands, which, like the Arabic numerals, are coated with Super-LumiNova. Another feature of the watch is the inclusion of the Zenith Flight Instruments logo, which is engraved on the casebacks of both models. These watches also feature oversized crowns typical of pilot watches.
While the El Primero Chronograph celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, Zenith is introducing another revival of the original El Primero. That said, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Manufacture Edition” showcases a dial never seen before – until now.
According to Zenith, a box of old dials from the legendary El Primero A386 was found in the manufacturer’s attic. Unexpectedly, the box contained a prototype dial with three different shades of blue subdials, but it never made it to the market. Now, Zenith is using the long-forgotten dial in the new manufacturing version.
The Zenith Chronomaster Revival ‘Manufacture Edition’ case is an exact replica of the original 1969 A386 case – 38mm and stainless steel. Additionally, the rediscovered dial features three blue subdials with faceted, Super-LumiNova coated hour markers and hands. Also, the tachymeter scale is located around the edge. In addition, the date display is located between 4 and 5 o’clock, while the small seconds are displayed at 6 o’clock.
Notably, the automatic movement El Primero 400 powers the Zenith Chronomaster Revival ‘Manufacture Edition’, delivering a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz), as well as a column-wheel chronograph. Furthermore, it consists of 326 pieces and has a power reserve of about 50 hours.
Finally, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Manufacture Edition” watch comes with a blue alligator leather strap.
MODEL: Chronomaster Revival ‘Manufacture
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
DIMENSIONS: Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 6.5 mm
WATER RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~ 50 m)
DIAL: White lacquered dial with subdials in
three differing shades of blue
STRAP/BRACELET: Blue leather alligator strap with rubberlining. Stainless-steel pin buckle
MOVEMENT: Zenith El Primero 400
MOVEMENT TYPE: Automatic
POWER RESERVE: 50 hours
FREQUENCY: 36,000 vph / 5 Hz
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date,