Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

For all lovers of vintage-inspired watches, Swiss manufacturer Zenith has prepared a very special piece – the Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback. The latest Zenith watch is a reinterpretation of one of the most iconic timepieces in military history – the Tipo CP-2 . The Le Locle-based company has a long tradition of delivering watches to militaries around the globe. In the late 1950’s, the Italian army wanted to replace the Tipo CP-1 chronographs that were used by the pilots of Marina Militare and Aeronautica Militare Italiana. The original Tipo CP-2 featured a 43mm case, easy-to-use pushers and bezel, and, naturally, a highly legible dial. The watch was distributed through the Rome-based retailer A. Cairelli. Referred to by collectors as the “Cairelli” watch, the Tipo CP-2 is one of the most coveted military wristwatches. The 2,500 pieces made by Zenith in the 1960’s have achieved very high prices on the vintage market.

This is not the first time the brand has reinterpreted the “Cairelli” watch. A little over a year ago Zenith introduced the limited edition Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2. With the latest interpretation, Zenith is bringing the TIPO CP-2 into the more modern Pilot collection. The manufacturer has made some stylish changes, giving the watch a trendy note while taking away nothing from its traditional DNA. The new Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback is available in two models: bronze (ref. 29.2240.405/18.C801) and aged stainless steel (ref. 29.2240.405/21.C773). According to the brand, these are both unisex models, created for “intrepid adventurers”. The bronze timepiece echoes the charm of vintage pilot’s watches while the steel version is designed to appeal to people who love the world of motorbikes.

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback bronze

Each model features a vintage-inspired grained dial


Measuring 43mm in diameter, the new Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback watches are water resistant 100 meters. Instead of a closed steel back, like on the 2016 reissue, the brand has opted for a transparent sapphire case back. Underneath the front sapphire crystal lies a beautiful vintage-inspired grained dial: bronze for the bronze version and slate grey for the aged stainless steel model. Each dial has Arabic numerals and faceted arrow-shaped hands. The hour markers and hands are filled with luminous material to ensure perfect readability in all conditions. The dials feature typical Tipo CP-2 layout: hours, minutes, central chronograph hand, small seconds at 9, and 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. No date window here which is, of course, always a plus for a vintage-inspired watch :) .

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback steel

The aged stainless steel model is designed to appeal to people who love the world of motorbikes


Powering the latest Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback timepieces is the highly precise caliber El Primero 405B with 31 jewels. Comprised of  254 components, this chronograph  features a Flyback function which allows instant restarting of the chronograph with a single push of the button. The self-winding movement beats at a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour and has a 50-hour power reserve. Priced at $7,600, each model comes on an oily nubuck strap: brown for the bronze watch and green for the steel model.


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