Though the first watch we showed you from Zenith 2012 was a relatively simple piece (the Espada, Zenith’s first non-chronograph El Primero), the year is all about the Pilot’s watch.  The simplest of the three (we’ll show you the other two down the line) is the Pilot Big Date Special, which is a vintage inspired chronograph (an El Primero, of course) with the addition of a big date at 6 o’clock. 

This 42mm steel watch comes on both a stitched, aged leather strap or mesh bracelet (which is surprisingly awesome – see pics below), though, the big date execution here is the not the slickest we’ve seen – notice how the numerals are on dramatically different planes? So much so that you can almost see a shadow of one on the other.  Still, as with most of Zenith’s, the value ratio here is very strong.  The Zenith Pilot Big Date Special will sell for $6500 on leather and $6900 on bracelet.  Not bad for a nice looking watch with an in-house chrono movement from a very solid brand.   More details here

Click through for more live pics of the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special on both leather and steel mesh bracelet.