Today's offering showcases this classic and original Breitling "Top Time" chronograph. It has a great distinctive late '60's to early 70's retro look that is distinctive yet elegant.
The centerpiece of the watch is a beautiful so-called "Panda" dial with easy to read dial with contrasting black registers. Besides a classic look and "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.
The original case has Breitling factory applied texturing that is more pronounced in this model than on others. It is so deep it almost has a bark finish look.
Powering the watch is its original Breitling finished Valjoux 7730 movement with 45-minute timing system for recording of events.
At 37mm in diameter, its full size gold-filled and steel case fills out the wrist very nicely. And its tropical gold-filled top with steel back "tropical" design give it the look of a solid gold Breitling for a fraction of the cost.
It is honest original condition with original dial and all original hands. The only replacement parts are the winding crown and also the new crystal that we just installed.
Note that the crystal had a small smudge over the 45 minute register in a few photos that was wiped off before later photos. The register is mint.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is keeping time within 15 seconds in all five chronometer positions, and the chronograph resets strongly and precisely to 12.
We have also installed a new mineral glass crystal to give a clear view of the tachometer scales to the very edge.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment. It would also look great a colored band or multi-colored NATO strap if you would like a more fashion forward style.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international 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.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: c. 1970
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Chronograph Timing, Subsidiary Seconds
Model: Top Time, Ref. 2009
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, 2009
Case markings (inside): Breitling Watch LTD, Swiss
Case condition: Honest original condition. Presents very nicely on the wrist. Underside is in fair condition with plating loss. It doesn't appear to have ever been polished.
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. Note that the crystal had a small smudge over the 45 minute register in a few photos that was wiped off before later photos. The register is mint.
Hands: Original, luminous gold batons, "lozenge" recorder hands
Movement markings: Breitling Watch Ltd., SWISS, Seventeen Jewels, Unadjusted, 7730
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested. It would also look great a colored band or multi-colored NATO strap if you would like a more fashion forward style.
Width between lugs: 20mm
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.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international 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.