Hands-On With Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 Watch
There it is! The Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 is here. In my eyes one of the coolest and best watch novelty of the year 2016. A must have! I already saw the watch in Basel in March and I took pictures you will be able to discover here on page 2.
I also have pictures from the original watch I will show you right underneath and I have the today officially distributed pictures from Zenith Mens Watches.
From the early 1960s onwards, the Italian military chose Zenith among other Swiss brands like Breitling, Leonidas, Universal Genève and Rolex to equip the pilots of its Navy and Air Force.
The Rome-based distributor “A. Cairelli” handled delivery of the 2,500 Zenith chronographs and also for some of the other brands. The zenith chronograph was still being worn by pilots of the U.S. Lockheed F104 Starfighter aircraft in the late 1970s to the Marina Militare and the Aeronautica Militare Italiana.
The military chronograph code-named TIPO CP-2 featured two counters in its initial version and its 43 mm diameter ensured a degree of legibility that was essential for pilots. The Zenith Calibre DP 146 – a calibre that was developed by Martel Watch Co, taken over by Zenith in 1959 – powered this military instrument.
The Manufacture delivered 2,500 units to its Italian distributor, some of which were kept in reserve and never actually used. That explains the fact that some of these watches do not bear the letters MM (Marina Militare) or AMI (Aeronautica Militare Italiana) engraved alongside a serial number and the TIPO CP-2 reference on the back of the timepieces that were taken aboard planes.
Having now become some of the world’s most sought-after collector’s items, TIPO CP-2 chronographs – often identified by collectors under the name of the distributor “A. Cairelli” – are universally acknowledged as being among the most iconic timepieces in military history.