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    Zenith chronometro Tipo CP 2 a bit special

    Thanks to the black Friday thread I was able to purchase this at a good price,I knew one day I would buy one.

    It cost much less than a secondhand one,it wonít be appearing on eBay or anywhere else for that matter for a quick profit,Itís staying with me.

    It arrived at 13.00 I took of the beautiful signed deployant and put on a 18mm buckle, the strap tapers down nicely.

    I then insured it on my home insurance for the full replacement value which cost me £17.

    It had arrived well packed the box is compact but heavy,everything was included warranty,hang tag and manual.

    Then I rushed over to London for a meal with family and friends wearing the watch with no worries.

    At the restaurant I talked to the manager who was expecting us,he was sporting a BLNR purchased years ago.

    It already feels like an old friend,just some quick snaps on the move.

    Sunset over Hammersmith bridge was beautiful,no I didnít go to the Steve Hacket gig at the Apollo.

















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    Congratulations.

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    I have to agree these are pretty nice. Congratulations for getting one at a great price.

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    I love that watch. Sold mine a while ago and regretted straight away. Where did you get it at such a good price?


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    Thats lovely and congrats, I really to love the Zeniths that keep popping up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soapy View Post
    Thanks to the black Friday thread I was able to purchase this at a good price,I knew one day I would buy one.



    It already feels like an old friend,just some quick snaps on the move.



    What a bad boy, wear it in good health.
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    Absolutely love this watch
    Prefer it on a tan strap. But some people donít like black tan combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredamens View Post
    I love that watch. Sold mine a while ago and regretted straight away. Where did you get it at such a good price?


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    It was the last one at Beaverbrooks.

    I have never been in a position where I was sure I could flip a watch at an instant profit before.
    But I don’t buy watches as investments,the same as I don’t have bucket lists or grails as I feel it destroys the enjoyment.
    Last edited by bwest76; 30th November 2019 at 09:25.

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    Looks great on you, glad it arrived in perfect condition and is being used as intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petay993 View Post
    Looks great on you, glad it arrived in perfect condition and is being used as intended.
    Once I insured it I was less worried about being mugged in London ,I would have just handed it over.
    Though to be fair in winter with a jacket on itís unlikely to be noticed and not as recognisable as a Rolex.

    We are going to visit my younger brothers grave today so itís bittersweet,I would give back everything I own to get him back.
    A watch means nothing compared to life,though it helps to take my mind of the tragedy for a while at least.

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    Congratulations lovely watch favourite of my collection. Great pictures I see you have had a play with the bezel already.

    Enjoy.


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    Good post.

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    The CP-2 performs an ergonomic masterclass. On paper, there's no way a 43mm watch with ~52 lug to lug would fit my wrist but the case lugs are so beautifully designed that it really works. I think I will look for the green canvas strap at some point to increase the versatility a smidge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    It was the last one at Beaverbrooks.

    I have never been in a position where I was sure I could flip a watch at an instant profit before.
    But I donít buy watches as investments,the same as I donít have bucket lists or grails as I feel it destroys the enjoyment.
    Cheers itís a cracker.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom4711 View Post
    The CP-2 performs an ergonomic masterclass. On paper, there's no way a 43mm watch with ~52 lug to lug would fit my wrist but the case lugs are so beautifully designed that it really works. I think I will look for the green canvas strap at some point to increase the versatility a smidge.
    Iíve been looking at the CP-2 for a while and my first consideration is will it suit my 7inch wrists. As much as I enjoyed my Tudor Pelagos at 42mm it didnít feel right

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    I do like my LE version. Understated, class movement.



    Congratulations on your purchase - the OEM leather really sets it off.

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    Zenith chronometro Tipo CP 2 a bit special

    Quote Originally Posted by Mysqueek View Post
    Iíve been looking at the CP-2 for a while and my first consideration is will it suit my 7inch wrists. As much as I enjoyed my Tudor Pelagos at 42mm it didnít feel right
    My wrists are sub 7inch and the zenith just about works for me. For reference, I find the black bay 41s too large but this might be because of thickness? I also find the 42mm el Primero too big because of its quite long, straight lugs.

    The cp-2 is slim and light so it wears well for its size.

    It's not a watch I would buy as my only watch, but that's hardly an issue!! Probably worth finding one to try on at least

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    It really doesn't feel like 43mm.

    I took my brothers dog for a walk this morning,It was cold and sunny along the Thames if you could dodge the joggers and cyclists.

















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    Used to wear mine in the green strap, very casual. I will defo buy another.



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    Is that a Zenith strap,if so whatís it called?

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    Lovely looking watch and with that discount and 5 years interest free it really is silly value. I saw your post before where you said it made more sense to just do the finance and let the interest of your ISAs etc work smarter for you and I completely agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Lovely looking watch and with that discount and 5 years interest free it really is silly value. I saw your post before where you said it made more sense to just do the finance and let the interest of your ISAs etc work smarter for you and I completely agree.
    Itís 3 years interest free or 5 with fees.

    Beaverbrooks financial calculator was very easy to use,I paid a deposit then my first payment is in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Is that a Zenith strap,if so whatís it called?
    Yes you can buy it with that option instead of leather. Used with deployant


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    Beautiful watch. Sorry that thereís a bitter-sweet element to your post. Very sad but I know Iíd love anyone I leave behind to have such a fantastic thing to wear.


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    I am very glad I bought it,I just put a extra hole in the jumbo strap itís a better fit now.

    Lumes not bad either.













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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredamens View Post
    Used to wear mine in the green strap, very casual. I will defo buy another.



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    I may get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I then insured it on my home insurance for the full replacement value which cost me £17.
    The first time I read this sentence, I thought bloody hell you got that a lot cheaper than I remember it being! Congratulations on getting this one, I'm glad it went to someone on the forum. I was very, very tempted but really can't afford to be buying any more watches right now. Like you, this is on my list of watches I fully intend to own eventually. I just hope Zenith remain sufficiently under the radar that they stay somewhat attainable. It really is stunning.

    All I got out of Black Friday was some MN-style straps for £6, which I suppose are kinda nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robt View Post
    The first time I read this sentence, I thought bloody hell you got that a lot cheaper than I remember it being! Congratulations on getting this one, I'm glad it went to someone on the forum. I was very, very tempted but really can't afford to be buying any more watches right now. Like you, this is on my list of watches I fully intend to own eventually. I just hope Zenith remain sufficiently under the radar that they stay somewhat attainable. It really is stunning.

    All I got out of Black Friday was some MN-style straps for £6, which I suppose are kinda nice.
    As far as I know this is the last one Beaverbrooks had and was sold as end of the line,thereís only 1,000 made thatís less than the 2,500 originals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    As far as I know this is the last one Beaverbrooks had and was sold as end of the line,thereís only 1,000 made thatís less than the 2,500 originals.
    Yep, that's definitely going to make it harder to find one in the future. But I'm not too concerned about the small number in existence. These days so many watches are LEs produced in similarly sized batches. It doesn't mean nobody ever sells theirs. It just means they don't turn up on SC like buses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I am very glad I bought it,I just put a extra hole in the jumbo strap itís a better fit now.

    Lumes not bad either.













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    I may get one.
    Have a look on the forum under my name I sold one a while ago. Will give you a flavour of what they are like.

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    Really like these and there have been a fair few on SC at a good price.
    It wears slightly too big for me or I'd definitely have one-if i remember rightly the deployant clasp and strap was too big and would have required another hole punched.
    I would say a 7.25" wrist required to do it justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hood View Post
    Really like these and there have been a fair few on SC at a good price.
    It wears slightly too big for me or I'd definitely have one-if i remember rightly the deployant clasp and strap was too big and would have required another hole punched.
    I would say a 7.25" wrist required to do it justice.
    My wrist is smaller, OE strap fits perfect it’s normal size, deployant is a work of art,watch belies it’s 43mm and sits comfortably.

    I’ve seen one on SC?

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    wearing it in the winter sunshine today,its one decision I definitely got right.

    I have fitted it on a Di-modell rallye but the jumbo is just as good.I just wish they tapered more I dont like wide straps anymore.





    pic sharing

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    Stunning watch - but you should have gone to the gig as well...

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    Halfords gave me a 30 minute test ride so I used the chrono.

    even with the electric motor I struggled, I could hardly walk when i got back and i didn't cover many miles, it felt good though.

    really enjoying wearing this watch.







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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Halfords gave me a 30 minute test ride so I used the chrono.

    even with the electric motor I struggled, I could hardly walk when i got back and i didn't cover many miles, it felt good though.

    really enjoying wearing this watch.






    Nice zenith

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    Congrats.

    Mine's the grey steel version.



    Love it.
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    nice, how does the flyback work I have never had one?

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    Seeing these makes me realise that I should have kept one of my Bulova Marine Star or Excelsior Park Monte Carlo.

    Here they are together



    Both use the same case design as the original and re-issue Zenith

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Seeing these makes me realise that I should have kept one of my Bulova Marine Star or Excelsior Park Monte Carlo.

    Here they are together



    Both use the same case design as the original and re-issue Zenith

    Dave

    I like the Bulova,what movements are in these watches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I like the Bulova,what movements are in these watches?
    Both Valjoux. 7730 in the Bulova, which was a Valjoux re-engineer of a Venus movement (188 I think).
    7740 in the EP MC. Surplus Breitling stock, with machine-sterilised bridge, bought from the Breitling liquidation sale, back when.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Both Valjoux. 7730 in the Bulova, which was a Valjoux re-engineer of a Venus movement (188 I think).
    7740 in the EP MC. Surplus Breitling stock, with machine-sterilised bridge, bought from the Breitling liquidation sale, back when.
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    Pity you didnít keep one,we all have this watch regret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    nice, how does the flyback work I have never had one?
    It just means you can reset the chrono function without stopping it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Seeing these makes me realise that I should have kept one of my Bulova Marine Star or Excelsior Park Monte Carlo.

    Here they are together



    Both use the same case design as the original and re-issue Zenith

    Dave
    I had a Marine Star too. Yet another I should have kept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    It just means you can reset the chrono function without stopping it first.
    And it keeps going too, if you reset without stopping

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    And it keeps going too, if you reset without stopping
    Yes it does, and very useful it is too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    It just means you can reset the chrono function without stopping it first.

    oh as simple as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Seeing these makes me realise that I should have kept one of my Bulova Marine Star or Excelsior Park Monte Carlo.

    Here they are together



    Both use the same case design as the original and re-issue Zenith

    Dave
    Still in the forum Dave and wonít be going anywhere...



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    thats a fine trio, love that Sinn.

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    Zenith chronometro Tipo CP 2 a bit special

    Looks to wear large, bigger than the polar Explorer - maybe the thickness. Andyís if anything looks slimmer, but maybe the angle.

    Nice looking watch though, good pick up.

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