1945 Breitling Vintage Aviator's Large Ref. 777 Mens Chronograph Watch - 18K Rose Gold


Item No. 7229SH

Today's offering showcases this triple seven Premier with stunning a tropical dial and very crisp, large 18K rose gold case. It comes from the owner's wearing collecting. Its lines are wonderfully strong with hardly any signs of previous polishing.

For our money, the 777 is the best and most desirable Premier because of its larger-than-the-rest size and waterproof style case. Measuring a full 37.5mm in diameter it is large for a World War II era watch.

A popular piece of its era for pilots, it was highly sought after by those individuals who had the means to afford one of the best aviation timepieces of the day encased in solid 18K rose gold.

Here are some of the qualities that won this watch its place among Breitling's fine timepieces:

  • Crown wheel mechanism for advanced timing accuracy
  • 45-minute timing system for longer recording of events
  • Full-featured, easy to read dial. The outer tachometer ring measures the speed of objects, done especially for aviation, racing, and technical uses
  • Classic and sleek large case

Besides the beautiful case, the centerpiece of this watch is its gorgeous untouched tropical dial, originally silver, which has toned to match the rose gold case. We are absolutely in love with it and how it now matches the rose gold case.

Its 18K rose gold case presents as just short of mint condition and shows hardly any signs of previous polishing and only very light wear. It still has patina on it from many years of being stored unworn, which we have left on. It can be easily removed if you would like.

Our photos couldn't begin to do this watch justice. As mentioned, it has been one of the owner's wearing watches.

One of our Master Watchmakers has just disassembled the watch down to its last screw and fully serviced it. Its fine movement is running very strong and true, keeping time on par with a new Breitling in our testing position. It resets crisply to a perfect zero.

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

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

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. Breitling's timepieces rank with Vacheron & Constantin as the world's most superb and expensive timepieces.

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Year built: 1945
  • Serial no.: 607,080
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph timing, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Model: Premier, ref. 777
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K rose gold
  • Case markings (inside): 18K
  • Case markings (outside): Breitling serial number that dates the watch to 1945, ref. number 777, WATERPROOF, ANTIMAGNETIC, SHOCK PROTECTED
  • Case condition: Presents as just short of mint condition and shows hardly any signs of previous polishing and only very light wear. Our photos couldn't begin to do it justice.
  • Dimensions: 37.5mm wide (excluding crown), 45mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Silver (now toned to a tropical style) signed Breitling, tachometer scale for measuring speeds without calculations, subdials for continuous seconds and 30 minute register, luminous Arabic numerals, 1/5 second markings, original and untouched
  • Hands: All-original, blue steel hour, minute, and lozenge chronograph hands
  • Movement markings: Breitling, 17 Jewels, Swiss
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Crystal type: Original, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has just disassembled the watch down to its last screw and fully serviced it. It resets crisply to a perfect zero.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Its fine movement is running very strong and true, keeping time on par with a new Breitling in our testing position. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center and also has done authorized work for the Richemont brands including Cartier, Vacheron & Constantin, IWC, JLC and others.
  • Warranty: 1-year international 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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