Zenith Cairelli TIPO CP-2

military chronograph - rare civil version - excellent condition

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The Zenith Cairelli is the legendary and extremely rare pilot's chronograph of the Italian Air Force.

In the 1960s, the Zenith Cairelli CP-2 was used in the air by the Italian armed forces. These chronographs were delivered to the military via the retailer A.Cairelli in Rome, whose signature "A.Cairelli Roma" can be seen on the dial and case back of these watches. Most of the approximately 2,500 Cairellis produced were handed over to the military. Approx. 500 watches were later sold to civilians - like the watch offered here. The civil version can be identified by the engraving on the case back: "Chronometro Tipo CP-2 A.Cairelli - Roma". The military version additionally has the engraving "A.M.I." (Aeronautica Militare Italiana).

Out of the 500 civilians Cairellis, only a few well-preserved examples still exist today. The excellent condition of this particular Zenith Cairelli makes it a first-class collector's watch. The case is sharp and unpolished, the black dial is flawless. The black rotating bezel is also very well preserved. The original crown is marked with the NATO star. The only thing you could complain about is the small burst of luminous mass in the second hand. But the most important thing is, that the complete hand set including the tritium lume is 100% original.

The Zenith Cairelli is powered by the caliber 146 DP - Zenith's first chronograph movement. This caliber is known for its outstanding reliability and precision.

An important history combined with rarity and the wonderful condition of this Zenith Cairelli makes it extremely difficult to replace.

Int.Exe.: 1307005

Manufacturer: Zenith

Model: Cairelli

Functions: chronograph - small running second - luminous hand - rotating bezel

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: acrylic crystal

Bracelet: leather

Type of clasp: pin buckle

Diameter: 43mm

Caliber name: Zenith 146-DP

Movement type: manual wound

Stock No.: 2106

Overall condition: 9 - has rarely been worn - top condition

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