Do you know why only the pilot watches of Zenith have printed the word of “PILOT” on the watch? Referring to the answer of this question, we should look back to the manufacture history of Zenith pilot watches. Probably it is not the first watch brand that develops the pilot watch, but it grabbed the opportunity to let the “PILOT” on their pilots watches aboveboard.
At the early of last century, Louis Blériot drove the Blériot XI to fly from Carnegie, France, passing through Browne’s Cape to Dover Port in the UK, unveiling a new page of history that drove the air-heavy aircraft across the English Channel. The wristwatch he wore was just the accurate fake pilot watch made by Zenith.
The next year, Léon Morane flied the same plane to create a flight record of 100 kilometers/hour, meanwhile, giving Zenith a highest praise – Zenith is a watch brand destined to be born for pilots. The flight instruments that Zenith manufactured could withstand greater temperature variations, shocking and resistance to the magnetic field.
In 1910, Zenith began to manufacture altimeters for British Force. At the early of the Second World War, Zenith began to make wristwatches for French Army including the chronograph timepieces to calculate the time it took for a bomb to fall. Till 1955, Zenith released the brand new pilot collection which was equipped with the manual-winding movement, offering higher precision. The stainless steel case knockoff Zenith symbolized the evolution of craftsmanship of pilot watches. Meanwhile, Zenith registered “PILOT” as the name of the model, that is the answer of the question that I raise at beginning.