Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ton-Up Black Chronograph Hands-On

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ton-Up Black Chronograph Hands-On

Zenith appeared at Baselworld 2018 with a duffle sack pressed brimming with new models and a couple of special updates to their Pilot’s Watch assortment. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ton-Up Black Chronograph is the last mentioned. Here we have our hands on the model to examine a portion of the more nuanced focuses about this “Super-Chill” (their words, not mine) expansion to the line – predominantly that it’s bike inspired.

All pictures by Bilal Khan

In 2016, Zenith delivered the principal emphasis of this watch committed to Café Racers (stripped down bikes fit for surpassing 100mph) and their community, named the “Ton-Up Boys,” with the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ton-Up Stainless model. Including an ostensibly interesting “matured steel” case material and blurred dial, the watch evidently sold well notwithstanding what I would have anticipated. Bringing a motocross enlivened model to its enormous delegated pilot watch assortment was a fascinating (and to a few, absolutely befuddling) choice – and to be straightforward, I don’t feel it was vital. I can’t reject that the watch looks cool, manly, and will interest certain groups, yet the consideration of “Pilot” on the dial truly loses the motivation for a watch explicitly focusing on a community of intensely elaborate cruiser enthusiasts.


That said, how about we proceed onward to the watch, beginning with the case. The 45mm case used the equivalent “matured steel” style as its archetype. Not to be mistaken for a dark PVD covering, the case comes standard with a surface layer of patina that fits the style of the watch very well and the strikingly meager 14.25mm sits well on the wrist. The larger than usual crown and pushers have a serrated surface and are matured to coordinate the case. In general, the case mixes together well, regardless of whether it is a piece large.

The dial has gotten an update in the method of a pure black glossy silk finish. That, matched with the white shading balance makes this watch amazingly neat. The lume-filled records and sub-register markers use the standard Zenith Pilot text style with white Super-LumiNova filling in-lieu of the grayish false patina of the past emphasis – something I discover more appealing. Moreover, the update highlights gold plated hands rather than steel, and that makes the huge basilica hands truly fly against the matte dark dial. Almost certainly, this watch was planned around legibility.

Inside the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ton-Up Black Chronograph is Zenith’s 5Hz El Primero 4069 type – ostensibly one of the most grounded reasonable chronograph competitors in the business. Clicking that pusher and tuning in to the chronograph connect with and run is among probably the best solid to aficionados who get their hands on an El Primero. The capacity to time 1/100th of a second may end up being a helpful utility for Café Racers, yet I figure it will be generally neglected by buyers who get this in light of the fact that the watch is a shut caseback – a significant gathering fowl for a particularly dazzling development. Also the watch has a liberal 50-hour power reserve.


For the tie, Zenith settled on their slick nubuck dark calfskin with an inside elastic coating for comfort and life span. Evidently it’s intended to accomplish a “dark out” impact and radiate a steadfastly “secrecy biker attitude.” The lash has white sewing, a titanium clasp, and really looks great on the watch – kitschy promoting verbiage aside.

Overall, I don’t think these will sit in Zenith’s stock, however I generally property that to the way that I couldn’t say whether individuals purchasing these will mind what the motivation is. I can’t reject that the “Dark Out” nature of this model is similarly just about as manly as stripping down bikes to make them speed up. I can’t resist the urge to see a carelessly, adamant, cowhide coat wearing “brother” with profound enough pockets to purchase this watch AND store his vape unceremonious ing into a Zenith shop and noisily shouting he’s here for the “boss of all renegades” and pummeling a move of money enclosed by a skull chain down on the counter. You can’t actually turn out badly with a Zenith watch regarding quality and needing something somewhat unique, so this may very well be the watch for that.

Price for the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ton-Up Black Chronograph will come in at $7,200. zenith-watches.com