1946 Breitling Premier Vintage Pilot's / Aviator's Chronograph, 18K Rose Gold


Item No. 5855

"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 Breitling ref. 789 Premier. It is 100% Breitling down to the original dial, all hands, pushers, and winding crown.

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.

The case is in beautiful condition. The dial is original and untouched.

The movement has just been fully expertly serviced, and a new Breitling crown has been installed. It is running true, and the chronograph resets very strongly and precisely.

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 push piece in 1915, separating the start, stop, and reset features in 1923, and creating the second independent push piece 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.

Manufacturer: Breitling
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 670,204
Year built: 1946
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph Timing, Subsidiary Seconds
Model: Ref. 789
Designed for: 18K rose gold
Case markings (outside): Breitling serial number, model number 789
Case condition: Beautiful condition. Crisp facets on the lugs and strong lines overall.
Dial: Silver, signed Breitling, tachometer scale, black radial Arabic numerals, original and untouched. Please inquire if you would like it professionally restored.
Dimensions: 33mm wide (excluding crown), 39mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, blue 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 buckle
Crystal type: Acrylic, domed, mint condition
Serviced: Yes, freshly full serviced.
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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