A very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with matte black dial, rotating bezel and luminous Arabic hour markers, made for the Italian Navy

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  • Manufacturer: Leonidas
    Year: 1964
    Case No: M.M. 770'050 (issue number), inside caseback stamped Brevet 189'190 and 210'299
    Model Name: Tipo CP-1
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 222, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Whilst the Tipo CP-2 chronographs made by Zenith, Universal Genève and Leonidas for the pilots of the Italian navy are quite popular and can be found regularly at auction, the CP-1 models are rather difficult to come by.

    The present model from 1964 made by Leonidas is one of those rare examples. The CP refers to the fact that it is a wristwatch (Cronometro da Polso) the CP-1s differ to the CP-2s by their size, 38mm. vs 43mm.
    This Leonidas CP-1 has all the military attributes a collector can hope for. Not only does it have military markings on the back, most notably the AMI (Aeronautica Militare Italiana) as well as the issuance number but the no frills black dial with large Arabic numerals and rotating bezel are also perfectly suited for the needs of the pilots during their flight missions.

    However, the Leonidas CP-1 is quite different to the other AMI models known as it is the only one with hacking seconds, flyback chronograph and a surprising clamshell case construction case enabling for reinforced water resistance.

    The present watch will please the collector of military timepieces thanks to its overall excellent condition and its ultimate rarity.

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Leonidas

A very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with matte black dial, rotating bezel and luminous Arabic hour markers, made for the Italian Navy

1964
38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€6,900-10,300
$8,500-12,700

sold for CHF12,500

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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