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    Zenith Cairelli

    Hello fellows,

    This past week I managed to land one of my grails, and I thought it might be of interest to the vintage crowd (cross posted in Pil-Mil). It's the big 1960s pilot watch on the left in the spread below. Complete post over on the Zenith forum: https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=406134 C'mon over and have a look!


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    Re: Zenith Cairelli

    They all look fantastic! Enjoy!!

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    How nice! What are the movements?
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

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    Re: Zenith Cairelli

    Impressive.
    “Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler.”

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    Re: Zenith Cairelli

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    How nice! What are the movements?
    The Cairelli is a 146 DP, which is a Martel-derived chrono calibre that Zenith took over when it bought that manufacturer in 1960. My understanding is that it was the Martel 749, and also appeared as the Universal 285 when Martel supplied UG. Of course, Zenith put an end to that. The other two are both Primeros in their original 3019PHC desigations, both 31J (as opposed to the 17J version supplied to the US market). The interesting historical note is that it was the acquisition of Martel that brought Zenith the in-house expertise to eventually develop the El Primero in 1969....(wait for it)....the first automatic chronograph movement.

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    Re: Zenith Cairelli

    Quote Originally Posted by LouS View Post
    ...
    Calibre 11 and Seiko fans: commence firing!
    boom!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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