Zenith Modernizes Its Pilot Watch Line

The historic design, tied to the first flight across the English Channel, now features dials in black opaline, luminous numerals and a smaller crown.

When the Frenchman Louis Blériot flew his monoplane across the English Channel in 1909, the first aviator to make the trip, the Zenith watch strapped to his wrist was a tool he relied on to measure the time it took to fly over the channel.

Its luminous dial and hands, large visible numerals and oversize crown (designed to be manipulated by gloved fingers) helped the pioneering pilot to complete the 36-minute crossing over some 22 miles of open water between Calais, France, and Dover, England, tying the

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