Zenith - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR Hong Kong Monday, May 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Zenith
    Year: Circa 1970
    Case No: Registration number 202'129
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Mechanical, 146DP, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Light brown calf leather strap
    Dimensions: 43 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed, case back further engraved A.M.I. Cronometro Tipo CP-2 M.M. 202 129

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present military issued Zenith stainless steel chronograph is an extremely rare watch and measures a huge 43 mm. in diameter. We believe that Zenith made 2,500 examples in the 1960's and 70's for the Italian Air Force, the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (A.M.I).

    The watches were supplied through A. Carielli, the prominent Roman retailer. The present watch is a rare military issued version, which is illustrated by the engravings on the case back, reading 'A.M.I. Cronometro Tipo CP-2 M.M 202 129'.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1865

    Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements to this day.

    Today, the brand is best known for the "El Primero," the firm's most successful automatic chronograph movement. In an interesting twist of fate, the company that owned Zenith during the 1970s decided to move on to quartz movements and therefore sought to destroy the parts and tools necessary to make mechanical movements. One watchmaker realized this folly and hid the tools and parts before they were destroyed. In 1984, he returned them to Zenith so they could once again make the El Primero movement.

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A fine, rare and oversized stainless steel chronograph wristwatch, made for A. Cairelli Roma

Circa 1970
43 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed, case back further engraved A.M.I. Cronometro Tipo CP-2 M.M. 202 129

HK$78,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$143,750

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