Cairelli retailer in Rome is a name synonymous with Italian military watches. In fact, already in the 1950s, Cairelli had placed orders to Universal for pilot’s timepieces. Those watches used a movement manufacture by Martel Watch, a company Zenith bought in 1959. Consequently, in the 1960s Cairelli turned to Zenith to ensure continuity and consistency of the supply. Two models are known to have been made, for a total of 2500 watches. One version was for civilian use, such as the present piece, distinguished by the simpler engraving on the back. The military version instead features either the engraving “AMI” (Areonautica Militare Italian: Italian Air Force) or “MM” (Marina Militare: Navy) followed by the inventory number.
On top of the historical interest, rarity and aesthetic appeal, it has to be underlined that this timepiece is preserved in absolutely pristine, new-old-stock condition, even retaining the factory protective blue varnish to the case back. A virtually unique opportunity for the savvy collector of rare and important military timepieces.