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Hands-on Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 ReviewOnly late in 2016 (October), the famous chronograph manufacturer from Le Locle came out with their Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2. This model refers to the famous (and sought-after) Zenith Cairelli chronographs from the 1960s. A. Cairelli was the Rome-based distributor for several watch brands, including Zenith. Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2The Italian Air Force chose (a few) Zenith chronograph for his or her pilots and Cairelli did the delivery for them. 2500 of those Zenith Cairelli chronographs were delivered to pilots and also this original Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2 was utilized by them until late 1970s. The initial version was without an El Primero chronograph movement certainly (because these were only introduced in 1969), but a hand-wound caliber DP 146. This is a 1950s movement manufactured by Martel Watch Co, a watch company founded in 1911 and taken over by Zenith in 1959.Find below a graphic with the original Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2, as offered (and sold) via the Hodinkee Shop. As we discussed, the dial is signed "A. Cairelli, Roma."image by HodinkeeCP-2 succeeded CP-1, where "CP" stands for "cronometro da polso" in Italian. No translation needed I suppose. The difference between CP-1 and CP-2 is primarily the size, 39mm compared to the 43mm in the latter. Zenith had not been really the only brand to deliver these CP-2 replica watches, Leonidas by way of example also experienced a CP-2 brought to the Italian Army, run by a Valjoux 222 two-register chronograph (more on Leonidas military pieces in the following paragraphs)Military replica watches always could trust a massive interest by collectors (hence books like these are published)Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2Now that you know some history (more here via Zenith) for the Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2, yacht master price watches and possibly you already did, it is time to start working on the re-edition we've here.If you are not alert to the (military) good reputation for these CP-2 replica watches or not familiar with the "Zenith Cairelli" because the vintage replica watches tend to be being referred to, in all probability you'll see merely a nice two register chronograph. A little understanding of the history on this piece might enhance the understanding why that is a special watch, or at least precisely what the fuss is concerning. But let's forget that if you'll (if possible) and take a look at the Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 watch.Case43mm across isn't exactly a compact watch, and not that much bigger a normal El Primero chronographs (mostly 42mm) and small a number of the large pieces Zenith has inside their collection (45mm). The 43mm watch wears actually very modest, I would voice it out wears a little bit bit smaller, like 42mm or 41mm. Perhaps the slender case and deficiency of crown guards play a role in this belief. The crown (signed with the Zenith star logo) and the pump pushers look awesome and they are great to use. The polished finish on the case is fairly shiny as well as the lugs have these big facets. The caseback will not reveal the cheap summer dresses self-winding El Primero movement but alternatively show a brushed finished surface with all the name of the watch engraved.Personally, fake watches I'd favor something of a brushed finish in the case also, however, this new Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 stays true to the original case, this experienced a shiny finish. This is a a few personal preference needless to say and a minimum of Zenith stayed true to the CP-2 design. It can cause me to be wonder why pilot's replica watches would not get a brushed finish though, as reflections can be unwelcome inside the cockpit.The bezel carries a 1 hour scale and could be accustomed to time certain events. It obviously isn't meant as being a diving bezel, however, you may use a second scale bezel to time other pursuits as well needless to say. The triangle at 12 o'clock (or '60') continues to be applied with lume.DialThe matte black dial of thisZenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 has been applied with white painted numerals and scales. The larger hour markers (Arabic numerals) are lumed and so are clearly readable. The Zenith star at 12 o'clock has ben applied as opposed to printed, and provide a great contrast. Rather then using "A. Cairelli, Roma" at 6 o'clock, Zenith decided to make use of the wording "Automatic" instead. This might are locked up in the legal use of that name, although for originality's sake, It's surprising this could are already a problem since the company isn't going to exist anymore (nor is the name registered). Anyway, possibly the deficiency of this indication doesn't have with regards to privileges, but authenticity. This new Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 has not been delivered or handled with that company, certainly. This topic has probably seen some discussions at the Zenith HQ in Le Locle.The 2 registers look very well-balanced about the dial. Some large chronographs suffer a little from being cross-eyed, although not this Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2. Once you put a small movement within a large case, it truly is greater than logical that it is all totally more centered on the dial. The space left on the outer portion of the dial generally is a bit empty like that and you get these awkward looking pieces. In the last (Thierry Nataf era), some Zenith replica watches also suffered from this, but no longer. Conditions relatively small movement in a large case also looked awkward if this stood a transparent caseback , a complaint I made frequently in the (far) past.For the image below the thing is that a close-up on the dial and hands. Hands really fit the style of the watch and again match the approaches applied to the original CP-2. Zenith did an outstanding job here.Again, I adore this dial as it's so readable. No all chronographs are as well-designed as this one one example is. The CP-2 was once a genuine toolwatch, therefore the dials must be as clean as you possibly can.MovementUnfortunately not just a hand-wound, like the original TIPO CP-2, however, this alternative is rather good too. The movement that made Zenith famous to begin with, the El Primero. Just for this reference 03.2240.4069/21.C774 Zenith used their El Primero 4069 calibre. Shown without worrying about rotor on the drawing below.El Primero 4069, Automatic Calibre 131鈦?"` (Diameter: 30 mm)Movement thickness : 6.60 mmComponents : 254Jewels: 35Frequency: 36,000 A/h (= 5 Hz)Power-reserve: Min. 50 hoursFinishes: Oscillating weight with "Ctes de Geneve" motifYou will see exactly the same calibre 4069 utilised in the Zenith Pilot Ton-Up watch (we reviewed it here) along with the Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic (we reviewed any particular one here). The Ton-Up also didn't show the movement, but the Elite Chronograph did, as below.El Primero calibre 4069The high beat movement remains to be something for me. Rapid ticking sound but the very smooth second hand (to determine 1/10th of any second) draws me and many other watch enthusiasts. To get really honest here, the El Primero movement fascinates me anyway which is not easy to dislike replica watches that use this movement. Other sorts of brands also used the El Primero movement everbody knows, like TAG Heuer, Rolex (tweaked to 28,800vph), Movado and Ebel by way of example. Some still do.Some ThoughtsThe limited edition Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 is among the nicest Zenith models Possess seen in recent years. Which doesn't mean I can't much like the others (I enjoy those colorful 1969 editions), but I think case an extremely well executed watch. If this sounds like not able to Zenith, to be removed with a few more interesting pieces that happen to be inspired by a few in their rich heritage pieces, I applaud them for accomplishing this. Another thing that tend to keeps me puzzled is their chaotic catalog of replica watches, but I've touched that subject before on FW. I hope Jean-Claude Biver may make the difference for Zenith, simply because it needs a good and healthy business.I received the watch for this thick calf strap with folding clasp (I rather see this sort of watch with a buckle, but that shouldn't be a show-stopper) plus it wears very comfortably. I can imagine pilots loving this watch a great deal they wore it all the time actually.The "action within the pushers" as Mike often says, is quite nice, just like El Primero based column-wheel chronograph movements. The 30-minute chronograph is usually a useful feature and so is the 1 hour bezel. I eventually use my chronographs very often to time events also it definitely helps if your watch is very readable.The cost of 7900 Euro (including 21% sales tax) is bit steep i think, but I have zero doubts it will sell. You'll find enough collectors and enthusiasts that love the Zenith A replica breitling watch catalogue . Cairelli and never (or can't) wish to spend a fortune on those, for him or her this Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 could be an extremely interesting alternative.Additional information via Zenith on-line.