The vintage market has clamored for the Italian armed forces time pieces–a 2,500 unit produced by Zenith in the 1960s. This is the iconic TIPO-CP 2, a celebrated watch that is one of the historical gems lodged at the Manufacture in Le Locle. Bringing this timepiece back to life is a new interpretation of the TIPO CP-2, which combines modernity with the spirit and design of the original. This is the new Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2, a new addition to Zenith's beloved Heritage collection.

Legendary models have marched inside the Zenith Manufacture, all of which have helped shaped the history of watchmaking. It was from the early 1960s that the Italian military has chosen Zenith to furnish its Navy and Air Force pilots with prime watches. A. Carelli, a Rome-based distributor, has handled the delivery of the 2,500 chronographs which were worn by pilots of the US Lockheed F104 Starfighter in the late 1970s, to the Marina Militare and the Aeronautica Militare Italiana. This military chronograph is named TIPO CP-2.

Zenith has created this 43mm masterpiece to ensure legibility while being worn by pilots. An in house caliber DP146 powers up this flight instrument with reliability that offered precision in every mission it has served.Perhaps considered as a back-up that complements the onboard insrument, this chronograph rarely left the pilot's wrists.

The same inspiration has been given to Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2. With this timepiece, one can be assured of the readability, reliability and robustness of the watch, whatever situation they are in. And to celebrate the fans' enthusiasm for this one of a kind timepiece, Zenith releases a 1,000 piece limited edition model which houses the most iconic movement in the manufactures family, the El Primero, beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour. It comes with automatic winding features and a 50-hour power reserve.

Its imposing presence on the wrist only reflects the true military DNA from which it was inspired from. Paired with a perfectly subtle design, the new TIPO CP-2 is timeless, defying the fleeting fashion. Nothing is lacking in its impressive range of features: hands are made to ensure legibility even in the toughest conditions, a bezel that enables accurate handling, responsive pushers, and a large dial to top it all with. All of these aspects testify the manufacture's impeccable obedience to the military's imposed technical specifications.

The Zenith Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 is a watch that transcends time. And the brand continues to develop new pieces from its heritage keepsakes to invite new generations into the beauty of watchmaking.