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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 means the famous (and sought-after) Zenith Cairelli chronographs in the 1960s. A. Cairelli was the Rome-based distributor for assorted watch brands cartier imitation watch , including Zenith. Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2The Italian Air Force chose (a few) Zenith chronograph for pilots and Cairelli did the delivery for them. 2500 of the Zenith Cairelli chronographs were brought to pilots and also this original Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2 was adopted by them till the late 1970s. The initial version was missing an El Primero chronograph movement certainly (because these were only introduced in 1969), but a hand-wound caliber DP 146. This has been a 1950s movement developed by Martel Watch Co, a watch company founded in 1911 and brought over by Zenith in 1959.Find below a perception from the original Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2, as offered (and sold) via the Hodinkee Shop. Essentially, the dial is signed "A. Cairelli, Roma."image by HodinkeeCP-2 succeeded CP-1, where "CP" means "cronometro da polso" in Italian. No translation needed I reckon that. The main difference between CP-1 and CP-2 is usually the dimensions, 39mm in comparison to the 43mm of the latter. Zenith was not the only brand to provide these CP-2 replica watches, Leonidas one example is also stood a CP-2 sent to the Italian Army, operated by a Valjoux 222 two-register chronograph (read more about Leonidas military pieces in this post)Military replica watches always could rely on a large interest by collectors (hence titles like these are generally published)Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2Now that you understand some history (more here via Zenith) within the Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2, along with perhaps you already did, it's time to move on to the re-edition that we have here.If you are not mindful of the (military) good reputation for these CP-2 replica watches or not really acquainted with the "Zenith Cairelli" as being the vintage replica watches will often be being referred to, in all probability you'll see only a nice two register chronograph. A certain amount of information about the of the piece might boost the understanding why that is a special watch, or at least what the fuss is approximately. But let's forget that for a second (if possible) and have a look at the Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 watch.Case43mm across isn't exactly a compact watch, however, not very much bigger than the standard El Primero chronographs (mostly 42mm) and small compared to several of the large pieces Zenith has within their collection (45mm). The 43mm watch wears actually very modest, I would personally voice it out wears a little bit bit smaller, like 42mm or 41mm. Perhaps the slender case and scarcity of crown guards lead to this perception. The crown (signed with the Zenith star logo) as well as the pump pushers look awesome and so are wonderful to view to use. The polished finish in the case is quite shiny along with the lugs have these big facets. The caseback isn't going to reveal the self-winding El Primero movement instead show a brushed finished surface with all the name from the watch engraved.Personally, I would favor something of a brushed finish in the case too, however, this new Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 stays true to an original case, that also a shiny finish. It is just a case of personal preference naturally and at least Zenith stayed in keeping with the CP-2 design. It can do cause me to be wonder why pilot's replica watches wouldn't obtain a brushed finish though, as reflections can be unwelcome inside the cockpit.The bezel features a 1 hour scale and can be used to time certain events. It obviously isn't meant as being a diving bezel, and you may use a second scale bezel to time other items at the same time of course. The triangle at 12 o'clock (or '60') has become applied with lume.DialThe matte black dial of thisZenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 has been applied with white painted numerals and scales. The massive hour markers (Arabic numerals) are lumed and they are clearly readable. The Zenith star at 12 o'clock has ben applied instead of printed, and provides a nice contrast. As opposed to using "A. Cairelli, Roma" at 6 o'clock, Zenith decided to utilize the wording "Automatic" instead. This could have to do with the legal usage of that name, although for originality's sake, I was surprised this could are already a difficulty because the company will not exist anymore (neither is the name registered). Anyway, probably the absence of this indication doesn't have regarding legal rights, but authenticity. This new Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 hasn't ever been delivered or handled with that company, of course. This topic has probably seen some discussions in the Zenith HQ in Le Locle.The two registers look very well-balanced on the dial. Some large chronographs suffer somewhat from being cross-eyed, and not this Zenith Cronometro TIPO CP-2. If you put a small movement inside a large case, it truly is greater than logical that it is all totally a tad bit more dedicated to the dial. The area left around the outer percentage of dial can be quite a bit empty because of this and you then get these awkward looking pieces. In earlier times (Thierry Nataf era), some Zenith replica watches also lived with this, but don't . Folks who suffer relatively small movement in the large case also looked awkward if it stood a transparent caseback, a complaint I made many times inside the (far) past.On the image below the truth is a close-up from the dial and hands. Both your hands really fit design for the watch and again match the people utilized on the initial CP-2. omega seamaster 300m Zenith did a fantastic job here.Again, I enjoy this dial which is so readable. On occasion all chronographs are as well-designed because this one as an example. The CP-2 used to be an authentic toolwatch, therefore, the dials would have to be as clean as it can be.MovementUnfortunately not only a hand-wound, including the original TIPO CP-2, however, this alternative is pretty good at the same time. The movement that made Zenith famous to begin with, the El Primero. For this reference 03.2240.4069/21.C774 Zenith used their El Primero 4069 calibre. Shown without the rotor about the drawing below.El Primero 4069, Automatic Calibre 131"` (Diameter: 30 mm)Movement thickness : 6.60 mmComponents : 254Jewels: 35Frequency: 36,000 A/h (= 5 Hz)Power-reserve: Min. 50 hoursFinishes: Oscillating weight with "Côtes de Geneve" motifYou will discover the identical calibre 4069 utilised in the Zenith Pilot Ton-Up watch (we reviewed it here) and the Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic (we reviewed any particular one here). The Ton-Up also didn't show the movement, nevertheless the Elite Chronograph did, as below.El Primero calibre 4069The high beat movement remains to be something in my opinion. The quick ticking sound but the very smooth resale (to measure 1/10th of any second) attracts me and plenty of other watch enthusiasts. To be really honest here, the El Primero movement fascinates me anyway and it is difficult to dislike replica watches designed to use this movement. Other sorts of brands also used the El Primero movement you probably know this, like TAG Heuer, watches Rolex (tweaked into 28,800vph), Movado and Ebel by way of example. Some still do.Some ThoughtsThe special Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 is among the nicest Zenith models I have come across in recent times. Which doesn't mean I can't such as the others (I really like those colorful 1969 editions), however i think might a very well executed watch. If this sounds not able to Zenith, to be removed with many more interesting pieces that happen to be inspired by some with their rich heritage pieces, I applaud them for accomplishing this. One thing have a tendency to keeps me puzzled will be the chaotic catalog of replica watches, but I've touched that subject before on FW. I hope Jean-Claude Biver may make the visible difference for Zenith, as 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 really should not be a show-stopper) and it also wears very comfortably. I can imagine pilots loving this watch a great deal they wore it all any time actually.The "action about the pushers" as Mike often says, is quite nice, like every El Primero based column-wheel chronograph movements. The 30-minute chronograph is often a useful feature and thus could be the 60 minute bezel. I afflict use my chronographs frequently to time events and it definitely helps when the watch is quite readable.The high cost of 7900 Euro (including 21% sales tax) is a touch bit steep in my opinion, however don't have any doubts it is going to sell. You'll find enough collectors and enthusiasts that love the Zenith A. Cairelli and (or can't) desire to spend a fortune on those, for him or her this Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 can be a very interesting alternative.More info via Zenith on-line.