1945 Breitling Premier Vintage Full Size Pilot's Chronograph - Stainless Steel

Breitling

Item No. 5993

"There has never been anyone in a plane's cockpit without a Breitling ... on his wrist -- or who would at least wished to have one." - Musings of an aviation journalist

Today's offering showcases this classic and collectable original Breitling ref. 760 Premier with original dial and beautifully crisp case.

Its classically styled case give the watch a great vintage look. Measuring 35.5mm in diameter and 44mm long, it is essentially the size of a Rolex Datejust. This is a well-made and pleasing chronograph movement for men who needed precision timing.

It has a crown wheel chronograph mechanism and is capable of recording events up to 45 minutes. Its dial, which was restored in vintage times, features an outer tachometer ring that measures the speed of objects, done especially for aviation and auto racing uses.

Its parts are original down to the hour and minute hands, pushers and even the winding crown, and present very nicely. The only replacement part appears to be the sweep hand.

The dial is original and untouched. The case body does not appear to ever have been polished and retains strong and crisp lines.

Our watchmaker has freshly cleaned and oiled the movement. It is running true, and the chronograph resets precisely.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

Note: Similar watches are published in Breitling: The History of a Great Brand of Watches 1884 to Present by Benno Richter, 2007

Breitling brand information:
Since its founding in 1884, the Breitling firm has been one of the fine Swiss manufacturers. Embraced by pilots since the dawning of aeronautics, Breitling watches are the only ones that grace the wrists of the world's elite aerobatic groups, namely the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds, The British Red Arrows, and the Russian Knights.

Vintage examples of Breitling's chronographs are sought after by collector's, aviation enthusiasts, and even some Hollywood celebrities.

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 598,892
  • Year built: c. 1945
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph Timing, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Model: Ref. 760
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (outside): Breitling serial number, model number 760
  • Case markings (inside): Stainless Steel
  • Case condition: Excellent with light wear. One spot of restoration on the bezel. Crisp facets on the lugs and strong lines overall.
  • Dial: Silver, signed Breitling, tachometer scale, black radial Arabic numerals, original, very good condition with aging. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
  • Hands: Original hour, minute and sub-register, blue steel batons, "lozenge" recorder hands, replacement sweep hand
  • Dimensions: 35.5mm wide (excluding crown), 44mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Movement markings: Breitling, 17 Jewels
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn, fitted with unsigned buckle
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, domed, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide

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