1969 Breitling Top Time Vintage Large Pilots Panda Dial Chronograph - 14K Gold Filled & Stainless Steel


Item No. VR - 4

Today's offering showcases this classic and original Breitling "Top Time" chronograph. It has a great distinctive late '60's retro look that the original orange hand complements, yet it still is elegant. The centerpiece of the watch it is beautiful so-called "Panda" dial with retro markers and matching hand and orange seconds hand.

It has a Breitling finished Valjoux 7730 movement with 45-minute timing system for recording of events. The original dial is easy to read dial with contrasting "panda" black registers. The dial also features an outer tachometer ring to easily measure the speed of objects, done especially for aviation and auto racing uses.

At 37mm in diameter, its large gold-filled and steel case fills out the wrist very nicely. Its movement is clean and running true, and the chronograph resets strongly and precisely to 12.

Several years ago our watchmaker cleaned and oiled the movement. It was purchased from us then and became part of the discerning collection of a renowned pediatrician whose collection we are selling.

It comes on a Hirsch crocograin and would also look great a colored band or multi-colored NATO strap if you wanted a more fashion forward style.

Included with the purchase is a 90-day C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

"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

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.

Vintage examples of Breitling's chronographs are sought after by collector's, aviation enthusiasts, Hollywood celebrities and anyone who desires to wear a fine timepiece.

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,284,115
  • Year built: 1969
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph Timing, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Model: Top Time, Ref. 2008
  • Designed for: Men 
  • Dimensions: 37mm wide (excluding crown), 38mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Case material:  14K gold filled & stainless steel
  • Case markings (outside): Breitling, stainless steel back, 2008, 1,284,115
  • Case markings (inside): Breitling Watch LTD, Swiss
  • Case condition: Presents very nicely on the wrist. Underside is in fair condition with plating loss.
  • Dial:  Silver, signed Breitling Geneve, tachometer scale, gold baton indexes, black 45 minute and seconds registers, original, just short of mint condition with very slight aging visible under magnification
  • Hands: Original, luminous gold batons, "lozenge" recorder hands
  • Movement markings: Breitling Watch Ltd., SWISS, Seventeen Jewels, Unadjusted, 7730
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Leather, crocodile grain, fully stitched. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 20mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Warranty: 90-day international C.O.T. warranty.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; 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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