Breitling - START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs Geneva Friday, May 13, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1958
    Reference No: 807
    Case No: 924’663
    Model Name: SuperOcean
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Venus 175, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Gemex expandable bracelet, stamped pat. 2.515.817
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Breitling first launched the SuperOcean in 1957. The model has evolved gracefully since its inception, and is currently being produced in various sizes and color combinations.

    The substantial 39mm case is fitted with a rotating bezel, round pushers, and its exotic period stainless steel bracelet. Its black dial, accented with luminous hour markers and luminous hands, enhance the beauty of the timepiece. The signature is still strikingly similar to the SuperOcean watches being produced today, showing the graceful evolution and timeless appeal of the model. Period advertisements by Breitling promote the SuperOcean as the chronograph for divers offering an alternative to those “under water” compared to those flying in the sky that Breitling already knew as their active clientele.

    Albeit lesser known than other legendary water-resistant chronographs from the period including the historical models from Rolex, Heuer, Omega just to name a few, scholars are of the opinion that the original 1957 SuperOcean was the first in the world to feature white registers against a black dial years before the other Swiss brands would follow this new design language. In terms of production numbers, the SuperOcean was made in much smaller quantities than any of those famous models from the same period, making it a little known but uber rare gem.

    Finding a vintage Breitling SuperOcean from the early production years is quite a challenge. Finding one in such outstanding condition as that of the present lot is therefore extremely difficult. Combined with its outstanding state of preservation, the present lot is a superb example of the SuperOcean, and is a wonderful addition to any collection.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1884

    The firm started by Leon Breitling in 1884 is best known for its technical aviation and oceanic watches. Today, all models are outfitted with certified chronometer movements, used for accurate timing. Early aviation pioneers in specialized chronograph timepieces, Breitling introduced the circular slide rule to watches in the 1940s for use by pilots. The firm’s most iconic chronograph, the Navitimer, was introduced in 1954 and continues to be manufactured today. Another key model is the Duograph, a split-seconds chronograph that was Breitling's most prestigious wristwatch during the 1940s through '60s. Their watches are built on their reputation for precision and sturdiness.

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Ref. 807
An extremely rare, highly attractive and oversized stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, rotatable bezel and bracelet

Circa 1958
39mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF65,000

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016