Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2

written by YWH team 2 November 2016
Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2
Quick specs Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2
Price: € 7.900 | $ 7,700
Size: 43 mm
Reference: 03.2240.4069/21.C774
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The Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2 is a sort of a remake of the very popular Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2, also known as the “A. Cairelli”. It is very popular because it is vintage – from the 1960s – and there are only 2,500 pieces.

In the 60s the Italian military choose several Swiss watchmakers to equip the pilots of its Navy and Air Force. Zenith was one of those watchmakers, among Breitling, Leonidas, Universal Genève and Rolex. Zenith delivered 2,500 chronographs to a Rome-based distributor called “A. Cairelli” who handled delivery. Yes, Italian logistics. Cairelli, we assume, put his name on the watch and the ones that were really delivered to the navy and air force were engraved. MM (Marina Militare) or AMI (Aeronautica Militare Italiana) together with a serial number and the TIPO CP-2 reference on the back of the timepieces that were taken aboard planes. So there are pieces without these engravings, probably kept as spare at the time.

Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2 side

The Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2 is limited to 1,000 pieces

That Zenith military chronograph was code-named TIPO CP-2 and has a 43-millimeters case ensuring legibility essential for pilots. The model features two counters (in the initial version) and inside is the Zenith caliber DP 146. This caliber was developed by Martel Watch Co., a company that was taken over by Zenith in 1959.

The new one looks almost exactly the same. It has a 43-millimeters stainless steel case and the same chronograph lay-out. The old caliber has been replaced by Zenith’s self-winding El Primero 4069 and you won’t find Cairelli’s name on it. The new one is limited to 1,000 pieces and you know what? We want them both.

The new Chronometro TIPO CP-2 and one from 1960


technical data Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2
Zenith caliber El Primero 4069 | Automatic | Diameter: 30 mm (13 1/4’’’) | Thickness: 6.6 mm | Frequency: 36,000 vph (5 Hz) | Parts: 254 | Jewels: 35 | Hours, minutes, small seconds, 30-minute totalizer, column-wheel chronograph | Power-reserve: 50 hours
Case & dial:
43 mm | Stainless steel | Thickness: 12.85 mm | Crystal
domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides | Stainless steel case back engraved with Cronometro Tipo CP-2 logo | Dial: black | Hour-markers: Arabic numerals in SuperLuminova SLN C1 | Hands: rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1 | Water-resistance: 10 ATM
Black calfskin leather with protective rubber lining | Stainless steel triple folding clasp
Price Zenith Heritage Revival Cronometro TIPO CP-2:
€ 7.900 | $ 7,700

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