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.
Case: 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.
Dial: 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.
Movement: Cal. 146DP, 13`, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring.
Condition: like New Old Stock
Dial and movement signed
Diameter: 43mm Thickness 14mm
Price upon request.
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.