Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Watch Hands-On

In our lives there is always-I mean always-space for extra cool sports watches. What do you think of the 45mm wide, retro-looking pilot watch from the major brands that uses an in-house made movement and a cool bronze case? That is the new 2015 Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze watch.

We like this Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze very much, and we relisted it in the article of the top 10 watches at Baselworld 2015. why? Well, although this timepiece is not too “new”, it is a very successful combination of elements, and many watch lovers have recently fallen in love with it. There is another situation here. A major Swiss watch manufacturer has once again shown that it has been paying close attention to what enthusiast watch collectors and small brands have been doing.

Bronze is a strange metal, and given that metal is prone to rapid oxidation, it has never traditionally been part of the luxury watch experience. Now, the exact reason why bronze is not a good case material in history is the reason why it is popular today. The enthusiasm for vintage-looking timepieces makes the idea of ​​a new watch with a modern movement and structure look as attractive as an antique. Yes, this is fashion, but that’s why we don’t wear boring watches.

When the Gerald Genta brand (later merged into Bulgari) released the extremely cool and avant-garde Gefica series (review here), bronze began to enter the field of luxury watches, which used a bronze case with titanium elements. Bronze is designed to quickly “antiquities”, which means that each case will quickly show the case discoloration in a unique way. This tendency to discolor the metal makes it interesting. More importantly, bronze is not a precious metal, so its appearance is different from steel, but it is not inherently expensive.

Since Gefica, many small watch manufacturers have introduced bronze watches-the most famous being Anonimo. Today, even big brands like Zenith and Panerai offer a selection of bronze timepieces. As far as I know, Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze is Zenith’s first.

You need to understand the difference between the early Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special and the 2015 Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze. When you look at the details, these are quite different creations and should not be confused with each other. Around 2014, Zenith fake made a potentially myopic decision to use the Swiss Sellita movement to produce an “entry-level” priced version of its popular Pilot Type 20 series. The brand known for its in-house movement and the famous El Primero suddenly decided to make a watch equipped with a purchased movement? Well, don’t worry, this decision did not last long. Zenith’s management quickly realized that all Zenith watches need to have an internally manufactured movement.

Therefore, in addition to the new bronze case (compared to the steel of the previous model), the 2015 Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special is finally “special”, which means it has a manufacturing movement inside. This movement is not El Primero, but the still good Zenith caliber 679 “Elite” automatic movement, which runs at 4 Hz and has a power reserve of 50 hours. I also like the very clean execution of the dial, which does not include the date indicator window. This means that the pure symmetry of the dial will not be destroyed by the date window. Of course, the date is a popular feature, but now many watch lovers choose to abandon the date window (when they encounter a suitable watch) and corresponding functions in exchange for aesthetic considerations.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 is 45 mm wide, not small, but not crazy. Anyone who likes larger timepieces will appreciate this style. More importantly, the slightly retro-style dial and (of course) the case make the watch look better at large diameters. The thickness of the 45 mm wide case is 14.25 mm, and the lugs are small, so it will not be too large on the wrist. watches replica high quality

We feel that what Zenith has done really well in such a watch is that it combines a series of design elements together, which is very harmonious and desirable. Of course, sports elements and super luminous dial, SuperLumiNova and super clear legibility make for an excellent sports watch and daily wear. I really like the larger Zenith Pilot watch series because it has some serious personality. These big and bold timepieces are suitable for confident people, they are not to show off, but to wear an extension of personality on the wrist.

The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze case is water-resistant to 100 meters. Although most of it is made of bronze, the bottom cover is carved from titanium with a cool Zenith flat pattern. Titanium is a better bottom cover material because bronze does not always respond well to human skin (unless you like your skin to turn green).

Attached to the watch is an “oily frosted” leather strap with black rubber lining and titanium buckle. Overall, this is a cool and simple timepiece that is easy to understand and portrays some of the more interesting trends we see in how people enjoy high-end watches. Zenith Pilot