ZENITH CAIRELLI TIPO CP-2 CHRONOGRAPH 'ITALIAN MILITARY ISSUED'

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ZENITH CAIRELLI TIPO CP-2 CHRONOGRAPH 'ITALIAN MILITARY ISSUED'

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    Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

    +442072481321

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: ZENITH
MODEL: CP-2
YEAR: 1960's
BOX/PAPERS: NO/NO
CASE DIAMETER: 43
mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: MANUAL WIND

Little is known about the enigmatic A. Cairelli. Founded in the early 1930s, A. Cairelli served as a subcontractor to the Italian government, providing precision instruments to various military organisations. From split-second chronographs made by Universal Geneve in the 1950s to their own branded chronographs and dive watches in the 1980s and 1990s, the name A. Cairelli is most closely associated with the CP-2 chronograph.

In the mid to late 1960s, the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (A.M.I.) was supplied with a new wristwatch, the CP-2, superseding the Leonidas CP-1. The CP-2, short for "Cronometro da Polso," came with several updates over its predecessor. Notably, its size increased to 43mm, significantly larger by 4.5mm. Manufactured by Zenith, the CP-2 featured the 146dp manual wound movement. According to Zenith, approximately 2500 examples were produced. The military over-ordered, and the remaining stock was sold as 'Civilian' watches, distinguishable by different casebacks devoid of the A.M.I engraving and MM 'Matricola Militaire' number.

This particular watch hails from a prominent private collection in Italy and is in splendid condition. The unpolished case exhibits expected signs of wear, while the dial remains pristine. The hands show slight oxidation, a normal occurrence, with all lume intact. The watch is complemented by a cool 1970s stretch link straight-end bracelet, accommodating a 19cm wrist.

Recently serviced, the movement performs exceptionally at -1s/d, 300 degrees of amplitude and a minimal beat error of 1.1. We have also applied for the Extract of Archive.

For aficionados of vintage chronographs and military watches, this piece is a rare gem with a rich history.

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