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Lot No. 17
Lot No. 17
Estimate  11,000 - 16,000 €
Price Realised  15,000 €
This is a lot of the last auction!

Zenith / A. Cairelli, Roma "Cronometro Tipo CP-2"

, Cal. 146DP, 43 mm, circa 1970

An aviator's legendary, extremely rare wristwatch of the Italian Air Force in near mint condition, with chronograph and 30 min. counter, delivered by the Italian concessionaire A. Cairelli, Rome

Case: steel, screw back with engraving, movement protection cap, turnable bezel. Dial: black.

A. Cairelli in Roma was a provider of the Reale Aeronautica Italiana (Royal Italian Airforce). A. Cairelli in Rome was a retailer established in 1932 who offered wristwatches, board watches and other mechanical instruments; he was an important supplier to the Italian military and delivered to the Reale Aeronautica Italiana (Royal Italian Airforce). He signed the dials of the instruments and watches with his own name. The design of the Cronometro TIPO CP-2 was not done by Zenith but followed the extremely detailed specifications of the military. Altogether about 2,500 watches were produced, but not all of them were delivered to the military. Cairelli kept about 500 watches back on standby and as replacements; he sold them later on the civil market. The Zenith-calibre 146 DP is the first chronograph calibre by Zenith; it was based on the Martel calibre 749 and is known for its outstanding reliability and accuracy.
Case: very good
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running

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