This week’s Bring A Loupe will be chronograph heavy. You will discover a very rare Breitling replica uk, manufactured for the Italian army, as well as two chronographs from Zenith replica, one featuring the iconic El Primero movement.
A Very Rare Replica Breitling For The Italian Army, The Reference 817 CP-1 E.I
You may have never heard about the Breitling reference 817 CP-1 E.I, but this is one of those Breitling replica watches for sale that serious collectors eagerly hunt for. Let’s first explain this intriguing reference from the mid-1970s: E.I stands for Esercito Italiano,or Italian Army, as the 817 was intended for the Italian helicopter pilots. And CP-1 is the military designation of the case size: this Breitling shares its stealth look with the famous Heuer Bund or the Zenith Cairelli, both CP-2, so logically the Breitling comes in a much smaller case, with a 39.5 mm diameter versus 42 mm for the Heuer. While the total production of reference 817 remains unknown very few have surfaced yet, especially with the original bracelet manufactured in Japan, of all places.
A British collector is offering one for sale; the original box and bracelet are included.
The pulsation scale explains the Medico-Compax name of this Zenith replica uk. It was indeed very useful for doctors to use the chronograph function in order to determine the heartbeat of a patient: here you would start the chronograph, count 15 pulse beats, and read on the scale the heart rate in beats per minute. This chronograph comes in a generous 37 mm case and features an in-house movement, the 146D caliber. The blued hands look really good with the yellow gold, and bring some shine to the well balanced dial – note, however, the slight aging on its upper part.
It is listed on the Chronocentric forum for 2,150 Euros or around $2,400.
A Funky Replica Zenith With El Primero Movement, The Reference A385
Among mythical movements, the Zenith Replica El Primero definitely deserves a mention as the first high-beat automatic chronograph caliber, back in 1969. It was first fitted in the highly attractive reference A386 with its tri-color dial, which Ben covered. While lesser known, the A385 reference clearly has merits of its own with its striking smoky brown dial. Its also features a very interesting 37 mm case with an angular design characteristic of the period; it is considered that only 2,400 pieces were ever manufactured between 1969 and 1971.
Analog/Shift just listed this well-preserved example for $5,600; it comes with original Gay Frères bracelet.