If any company can lay claim to a rich aviation history, it’s 1:1 perfect replica Zenith. The company began making watches for pilots in the early years of the twentieth century. This particular model shows off that heritage not only in historically accurate features like its extra-large onion-shaped crown, which was easily adjustable while wearing bulky flight gloves, but it also plays on its vintage appeal with a retro grained dial. Add in its oiled nubuck leather strap and a stainless steel case treated for an aged effect and you have yourself a watch that looks as cool for a cockpit as it does for your field jacket here on earth.
But despite its obvious nod to Zenith’s aviation lineage, this 45 mm stainless-steel piece also celebrates the style of ’50s and ’60s British café racer culture when biker gangs, sometimes referred to as Ton-Up Boys, would challenge each other to speed races between cafés on lightweight but powerful motorcycles. Either way, it’s perfectly suited for wings, wheels or just your average foot traffic.