Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 13, 2016

LOT 420

ZENITH CP-2 CHRONO RETAILED BY A. CAIRELLI STEEL Zenith, "CP-2 Type," retailed by A. Cairelli, Roma, in 1960. Fine and rare, water-resistant, stainless steel military wristwatch with round button chronograph and register.

CHF 10,000 - 15,000

HKD 80,000 - 120,000 / USD 10,000 - 15,000

Sold: CHF 20,000

Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back engraved: "Chronometro Tipo CP-2, A. Cairelli-Roma," reeded and graduated bi-directional revolving black bezel, dust protecting cap, lapidated lugs. Black with luminous Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds and 30-minute register dials, outer 1/5th second track with 5-second Arabic markers. Luminous steel baton hands. Cal. 146DP, 13```, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Dial and movement signed. DIAM. 43 mm. THICKNESS 14 mm. Successor to the CP-1 supplied to the Italian military by BREITLING/LEONIDAS, the ZENITH CP-2 (CP standing for Cronometro da Polsa ie wrist chronometer) was produced, according to scholars in approximately 2500 pieces. While some where assigned to the military (those bears the inscriptions MM for Marina Militare, EI for Escercito Italiano or PS for Pubblica Sicurezza) followed by a military assignment number, the rest were never assigned and sold to the general public. Coming in at an impressive 43 mm. this example has remained in close to new condition, showing a beautiful uniform bevel on all four lugs, a highly attractive faded bezel, and some of the original paint in the caseback letters and a near perfect dial that will appeal to all collectors of fine military timepieces.