Whether in the air discount watches replica uk or on the ground, the replica Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature with original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous test.
At the beginning of the 20th century, pilots’ watches were essential tools for aviators. In 1909, the first aviator to cross the English Channel, Louis Blériot, used a Zenith wristwatch with a rotating minutes marker during his 37-minute flight. Shortly thereafter the first cockpit instruments came into use. Zenith equipped airplanes with altimeters and other aviation instruments that eventually made pilots’ watches unnecessary. Zenith was also a major supplier of temperature-resistant and anti-magnetic aircraft clocks in the 1930s and ’40s. Today, zenith pilot big date replica serve as emergency backup instruments for recreational aviators. But, of course, most pilots’-watch fans aren’t pilots at all, but earthbound types who like the watches’ distinctive styling. The Zenith Pilot Big Date Special combines the historical, functional design of a pilots’ watch with several new elements. The watch has typical pilots’- watch features: a black dial to limit light reflection, luminous displays, satin finishes on the case, and a calfskin strap with contrasting white stitching. However, Zenith has made some interesting changes to the dial. Unlike a classic pilots’- watch dial, the dial of the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special features several finely calibrated tracks and incremental markers between the minutes indices. The numeral 12 appears in place of the usual triangle with two dots.