Incepted in the year 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith is Swiss watch brand that holds its roots long back to the field of aviation. Ever since its inception, the brand has been living up to its motto of "Powered For Brilliance". It has been consistently delivering innovations for the aviation pioneers by debuting professional timepieces named as the Pilot collection.
History of Zenith Pilot
The world of watches underwent a revolution when the powerful watch brand from the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel, Zenith, made a debut in the year 1865. The man who laid the foundations of this undisputed and powerful brand was just a 22-year-old, Georges Favre-Jacot. Georges was a man who ruled the Zenith in a backdrop, he was an enthusiastic and skilled guy who flourished and achieved the name for the brand. He was an exceptional talent who brought all the aspects of watchmaking under the same roof. Sticking back to its long traditions and roots, Zenith still continues to create its beautiful hand-crafted timepieces in the same location.
Traversing a long haul journey of 150 years, Zenith has been standing still and delivering innovations. It is one of the very few watch brands who manufacture their watch pieces entirely in-house. Ranging from creation to completion, every Zenith watch is bound to spend nine months in its Swiss headquarters. During this interval, every timepiece is meticulously crafted and tested with hands. And to make sure that every Zenith watch is delivered utmost attention, it is created under the guidance of 80 different expert professionals. This is how Zenith stands high for its quality and functionalities.
While dating back to its achievements, one of the greatest milestones that Zenith achieved in its journey was associating itself with the aviation industry. It holds a proud and rich history within the field of aviation. Zenith's voyage in aviation industry began in the year 1909 when French aviator Louis Blériot became the first man to fly across the English Channel.
And to the everyone's surprise, he was spotted wearing a simple Zenith timepiece. This timepiece adorned on his wrist flaunted the word “special” marked on its dial and was a characterized with the chrome-plated case with fixed lugs, black enamel dial with large Arabic numerals and a protruding crown. Soon after this, the Zenith timepiece that was found adorned on Blériot’s wrist came to be known as the pilot watch. And this is how Pilot watches marked their entry in Zenith's caravan. Thereafter, the company shifted its focus on the manufacturing of professional aviation themed watches named as the- pilot watches.
Today, under its head “ pilot ”, Zenith houses complete collection of field watches. Through this company aspires to pay homage to aviators. In addition to this, the company is also involved in the production of professional timepieces.
Well, in order to strike the watch market with newer innovation, Zenith launched its another timeless model, named, Type 20 Montre d'Aéronef, in the year 1939. Moreover, later, it also kept on producing many professional timepieces such as an aviation Chronograph and Altimeter for the British and Italian Military. These early Zenith pilot watches featured the black enamel dials, large Arabic numerals, and a dome-shaped protruding crown. The dial was designed and contrasted in such a way that it could facilitate the easy readability, as well as the oversized crown, enabled the easier adjustment.
Not only this, apart from manufacturing Zenith pilot chronographs, Zenith also dedicated its resources and skills for the production of cockpit instruments such as altimeters and stopwatches. And even today company continues to reflect its interest in aviation by manufacturing the pilot and new aviation watch models.
The Zenith Pilot watch collection
Since the debut of the first pilot’s watch, Zenith aviation timepieces continue to fascinate the watch enthusiasts all around the world. They have been continuously evolving and delivering innovation ever since their start. Today the Zenith Pilot collection comprises of many unique and innovative timepieces that stand high for their functionality and quality. The current Zenith collection houses the following watch models: classic Pilot Montre d'Aéronef Type 20, Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT, and the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar, as well as the Pilot Chronograph, watch models.
All of the timepieces from Zenith Pilot line of watches are crafted bearing the unique specifications and functionalities in mind. They are so adept in their operation and design that no aviation lover could ever deny to don them. They are more than luxury and ornament, and of course, they are perfect navigational tools.
Encapsulating the fascinating history these Zenith Pilot watches are sure to rule the coming eras as well. So, hurry up and add these timeless pieces to your watch list.