ZENITH PILOT SPECIAL 41MM 1937 MATADOR AWARD WATCH MALOU DOHODOU GILT DIAL RAREZenith
Pilot Special Matador Award Watch
For auction is an impressive Zenith Special Pilot watch with a great patina dial from the 1930's. Pilot watches were some of the first wrist watches and they were typically based on pocket watch movements, with wide ribbon lugs and the crown moved to 3. Zenith's Special pilot is one of the most respected watches from this era. This particular watch is in nice condition, with a truly stunning ghosted patina to the dial. The back has a unique inscription, "Malou Dohodou 1937 Matador." The Malou Dohodou is the Czech name for the Little Entente, which was an alliance that was comprised of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania and existed from 1921 to 1938. They staged air competitions and we can assume that a talented Czech airman won the title of "Matador" in 1937. If you love military history and want a unique large sized pilot watch that is truly special and unique, look no further.
Diameter: 41 mm w/out crown, 50 mm w/crown, 45 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 20 mm at the lugs tapering to 20 mm (will take a 20 mm strap)
Height: 12 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 73 grams
Movement: Zenith 15'' manual winding 15 jewels
Crystal: ACRYLIC domed with mineral glass original cover on inner caseback
Strap/Bracelet: Exceptional original leather NATO/BUND style strap that is as incredible as the watch mounted on it!
Case: 40mm nickel plated case with a screw back, long tube, onion crown and screw down bezel. Case is in nice condition, with some loss to the plating, particularly on the back. Wide ribbon lugs can accept up to a 24mm strap. Crystal is a thick, beveled acrylic.
Dial: Black dial with a wide minute track with 5-minute markings and fancy Arabic numerals in gilt. The dial has a pleasant, even faded patina that greatly enhances the vintage original appearance. Cathedral hands are original.
Condition: 70% (7.0 of 10): Dial is excellent and case presents nicely but caseback shows heavy wear (which in fact is why chrome watches produced after this have steel backs: because the acids in peoples skin can cause pitting; point in fact I've seen people pit steel watches...just depends on your individual body chemistry), the caseback still clearly shows all engravings and the watch itself works great and functions as it is supposed to
Box/Papers: Watch only
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