1983 Breitling Superocean "DEEP-SEA" Ref. 81190 Diver's Watch - Stainless Steel


Item No. 8472

Today's offering showcases this awesome SuperOcean "Deep-Sea" in gorgeous condition with original box. For the past few months the watch has been in the owner's collection.

In 1983, Breitling, building on the heritage of its successful SuperOcean line, pushed through previous technical boundaries with the creation and launch of an extreme interpretation of its diving icon: the new SuperOcean “Deep Sea.”

Given the ref. 81190, it was the company's first watch with a helium escape valves, and the valve on this model was integrated into the caseback. It has a removable bezel and removeable bracelet both secured with heavy duty screws.

While the SuperOcean from the 1950s and 1960s were more often by elegant gentlemen at the beach club rather than seasoned divers, the “Deep Sea,” with its water resistance set at 1000m, was intended for use by well-trained divers in extreme conditions.

If you're not familiar with helium escape valves, this impressive water resistance is made possible because of its patented helium escapement case-back that functions as a valve and enables accumulated helium to be released which protects the watch from exploding when the diver swims rises back up to the surface. If it weren't for the valve, when the diver began to resurface from deep depths, the crystal would blow out of the watch, regardless of how well it was secured.

It also features a cool ratcheting elapsed time bezel and highly legible dial with distinctive markers.

We were fortunate to acquire it in such amazing condition. Our photos couldn't do it justice. The case presents as just short of mint. The back has very light remnants of wear from the bracelet contacting it. On the wrist is presents as gorgeous mint. The bezel has a perfectly strong ratcheting motion.

Its untouched original dial is also mint with beautiful light pumpkin toned luminous. And its original crystal with cool Breitling logo is also mint.

Powering the watch is Breitling's quartz engine. A Master Watchmaker has performed any needed servicing. For the finishing touch we have meticulously detailed it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Accompanying it is its original Breitling box.

Like always, included with the purchase is a full one-year international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

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.

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 274
  • Year built: c. 1983
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Helium Escape Valve, Sweep Seconds, Quick-Setting Date, Rotating Elapsed Time Bezel
  • Model: Ref. 81190, SuperOcean Deep-Sea
  • Designed for: Men
  • Dimensions:  40mm wide (without crown), 43mm lugs tip-to-tip, 13mm thick
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (outside): Breitling, Swiss Made, All Steel Special Case, Super Compressor, SuperOcean, SC2, 3300 feet/1000 meters, Open ->, 274, 81190
  • Case condition: Gorgeous condition. Presents as the wrist as gorgeous mint. A few very light remnants of wear to the back from the clasp contacting it.
  • Dial: Matte black, signed Breitling SuperOcean black with Arabic numerals, large luminous indices, aperture for the date, original and untouched, beautiful light pumpkin toned luminous, mint condition
  • Hands: Original, large luminous batons, beautiful condition
  • Movement type: Breitling quartz
  • Band: Original, Deep Sea bracelet - this model has its own unqiue bracelet, stainless steel, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. just over 7.5 inches, adjustable, presents as mint condition
  • Crystal: Signed with Breitling logo, mint condition
  • Service: A Master Watchmaker has performed any needed servicing. 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 C.O.T. international warranty.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Original Breitling 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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