Zenith Pilot Automatic (2023 model)

written by YWH team 13 April 2023
Zenith Pilot Automatic new 2023 model

Quick specs Zenith Pilot Automatic
Steel: € 8.100 | CHF 7’500 | $ 7,500 | £ 6,700
Ceramic: € 10.300 | CHF 9’500 | $ 9,600 | £ 8,500
Size: 40 mm
Reference: 03.4000.3620/21.I001 (steel) / 49.4000.3652/21.I001 (ceramic)

Zenith gives the Pilot series a completely new design and starts off with this Zenith Pilot Automatic. It comes in two versions: one in stainless steel and one in black ceramic. Clear, basic looks, with a rather serious price. But both bare a renewed El Primero movement.

The new Pilot Automatic measures 40 millimeters and these new versions have a deep black dial with horizontal grooves. A fine contrast with the white hands, markers and numerals. As it is a pilot’s watch it comes with a big crown for easy winding when wearing gloves. Although winding isn’t really necessary with a power reserve of 60 hours.

Both new Zenith Pilot Automatics come with two straps

The power reserve comes from the El Primero 3620 SC movement – in line with most Zenith movements it’s a high beating caliber. It supports hours, minutes, central seconds, and date.

These Zenith Pilot Automatics come with two straps: a black rubber one with cordura effect plus a brown calfskin leather one for the steel version. The ceramic version also has a black rubber strap with cordura effect and a khaki cordura strap.

Apparently, the materials for the black ceramic version are more expensive, as this version is about 25 percent more expensive.

Technical data Zenith Pilot Automatic
03.4000.3620/21.I001 (steel)
49.4000.3652/21.I001 (ceramic)
Zenith caliber El Primero 3620 SC | Automatic | Diameter: 30 | Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz) | Parts: 218 | Jewels: 35 | Hours, minutes, seconds, date | Power reserve: 60 hours
Case and dial:
40 mm | Steel or black ceramic | Sapphire crystal | Black dial with horizontal grooves | Hands and numerals with super-luminova | Water resistance: 10 ATM / 10 bar / 100 meters / 330 feet
Black rubber with cordura effect and brown calfskin leather straps (steel) | Black rubber with cordura effect and khaki cordura straps (ceramic)
Price Zenith Pilot Automatic:
Steel: € 8.100 | CHF 7’500 | $ 7,500 | £ 6,700
Ceramic: € 10.300 | CHF 9’500 | $ 9,600 | £ 8,500

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