Zenith - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Zenith
    Year: Circa 2015
    Reference No: 29.2430.679/21.C753
    Movement No: 486’220
    Case No: 317’551
    Model Name: Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
    Material: Bronze
    Calibre: Automatic
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium Zenith buckle
    Dimensions: 45 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, movement and dial signed
    Accessories: With international warranty, Zenith wooden fitted presentation box, micro-fiber cleaning cloth, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Zenith began producing pilot’s watches at the beginning of the twentieth century. When Louis Blériot, a French aviation-pioneer, became the first pilot to hover across the English Channel in 1909, he had on his wrist a Zenith pilot’s watch, embarking the manufacturer’s century-long history as a leader of aviation timepieces.

    For the present example, Zenith imbibed the earliest style of pilot's and military watch and reinvented it for a wondrously modern timepiece. With luminous Arabic numerals in a stylish Art Deco font as well as the bronzed lettering “Extra Special” above 6 o’clock, the dial amply embodies a simple yet classic design that is complemented by the tan warm hue of the case. The case is further equipped with features of a traditional pilot’s watch, with a large onion-shaped screw-down crown and wide welded lugs. The crisp and mint case back, engraved with Zenith flying instruments logo, further conveys a sense of unmissable military chic.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1865

    Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements to this day.

    Today, the brand is best known for the "El Primero," the firm's most successful automatic chronograph movement. In an interesting twist of fate, the company that owned Zenith during the 1970s decided to move on to quartz movements and therefore sought to destroy the parts and tools necessary to make mechanical movements. One watchmaker realized this folly and hid the tools and parts before they were destroyed. In 1984, he returned them to Zenith so they could once again make the El Primero movement.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 29.2430.679/21.C753
A fine and attractive bronze wristwatch with sweep center seconds, international warranty and presentation box

Circa 2015
45 mm diameter
Case, movement and dial signed

HK$16,000 - 32,000 

Sold for HK$25,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018