Today's offering showcases this all-original World War II Breitling ref. 789 Premier in beautiful condition.
Classic and collectable, it has a sleek case with superb faceted lugs and wonderful dial with Egyptian revival numbers at the primary hours. If you are looking for a Breitling Premier or high-end chronograph, this is a very fine example.
It has a well-executed crown wheel chronograph mechanism and is capable of recording events up to 45 minutes and was made for men who needed a true precision timing instrument. Its dial features an outer tachometer ring that measures the speed of objects, done especially for aviation and auto racing uses.
Its case has never been polished at all. It has strong lines and factory finish, and is in excellent condition with only light wear. Its fabulous dial is original and untouched, in just short of mint condition.
One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part and installing a correct new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $995 value). Photos of the inside available upon request.
It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time like a brand new Breitling coming from the factory today in our testing position, and the chronograph resets very strongly and precisely.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap and rose gold tone buckle 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
Vintage Breitling chronographs:
Since its founding in 1884, the Breitling firm has been known for working tirelessly to define what the perfect watch should be. 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.
A chronograph specialist since its founding, Breitling played key roles in the bringing about the idea of the modern wrist chronograph including inventing the first independent pushpiece in 1915, separating the start, stop, and reset features in 1923, and creating the second independent pushpiece in 1934 which established the modern wrist chronograph as we know it.
Vintage examples of Breitling's chronographs are sought after by serious collector's, aviation enthusiasts, Hollywood celebrities and anyone who desires to wear a world-class timepiece.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 591,142
Year built: Early 1945
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph Timing, Subsidiary Seconds
Model: Ref. 789
Designed for: 18K rose gold
Case markings (outside): Breitling serial number 591,142, model number 789
Case condition: Beautiful condition. Crisp facets on the lugs and strong lines overall. Only light wear.
Dial: Silver, signed Breitling, tachometer scale, black painted baton and rose gold painted Arabic numerals done in an Egyptian Revival style, original and untouched, just short of mint condition with slight aging visible under magnification
Hands: All original, blackened steel batons, "lozenge" recorder hands
Movement markings: Breitling Premier, 17 Jewels
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn, fitted with unsigned rose gold tone buckle
Crystal type: Acrylic, domed, mint condition
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part and installing a correct new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $995 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time like a brand new Breitling coming from the factory today in our testing position, and the chronograph resets very strongly and precisely. 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 international warranty. Please email email@example.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.