1946 Breitling Vintage Mens Dress Watch - 18K Rose Gold


Item No. 8491

Today's offering showcases this very handsome and scarce Breitling mens dress style wristwatch with classic design and striking lugs. Its 18K gold case has an elegant style and its salmon dial complements it perfectly.

In contrast to the relatively large number of chronograph models built by Breitling, the company created comparatively fewer dress style watches. Made with the same care as the chronographs yet seen less often, these vintage Breitling's are sought after by Breitling collector's, watch connoisseurs, and anyone who desires to wear a fine timepiece.

Likely made while World War II was just finishing or had just finished it was completed and ready to offer for sale in 1946.

It has a traditional size for a square watch from the era, though its wide lugs and large dial make it wear larger than its dimensions.

It is all original down to even the winding crown and small seconds. Its case is in excellent condition. Its untouched original dial is in excellent condition with fairly light aging.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. We have timed it on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it is keeping very accurate time.

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

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

Please note: A similar watch is published in Breitling: The History of a Great Brand of Watches 1884 to Present by Benno Richter, 2007, p. 78.

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 393,236
  • Year built: 1946
  • Model: Ref. 168
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 18K rose gold
  • Case markings: 393,236, 168, 18K gold
  • Case condition: Case condition: Excellent with light wear. It does not appear to have ever been polished. A couple light creases near the lugs have been previously done by a watchmaker to make the case more secure. Light rippling in back from a previous band. Stamping is very clear and underside of the lugs retain their original brushed finish.
  • Dimensions: 26mm wide (excluding crown), 33.5mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Salmon, rose gold applique spherical and Arabic numeral indexes, original and untouched
  • Hands: Original, rose gold "lances"
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Teju lizard , fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of other straps in various prints, skins, materials, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 17mm
  • Crystal type: Mineral glass, mint condition
  • Servicing: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
  • 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 four watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • 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
  • 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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