Breitling - The Geneva Watch Auction: XI Geneva Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 765 CP
    Case No: 1'141'245
    Model Name: Co-Pilot "Yachting"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels, stamped "WOG"
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Breitling pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breitling Extract from the Archives confirming production in April 1967

  • Catalogue Essay

    This example of ref. 765CP represents an extremely intriguing variation of the “standard” version of the model (see lot 159 in this sale). Reference 765CP was launched in 1965 as an update of the AVI model. It was a response to other steel chronograph with a strong sport vocation introduced to the market in the previous years (such as the 1963 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona or the 1962 Heuer Autavia). Underlining this sports vocation, around the same time this variation with regatta countdown timer was also introduced, featuring bezel and a 15-minute counter color-coded so that the 15 minutes countdown to the start of the race can be followed on both independently (either by activating the chronograph, or by aligning the beginning of the red sector on the bezel with the minutes hand).

    The model was in production for a very short time, as in 1967 it was succeeded by a version featuring orange hands, dramatically modifying the aesthetics of the watch. This example from April 1967 thus belong to the very end of the production of this first execution Yachting chronograph. Interestingly, it come from the very same batch of the aforementioned other 765CP offered in this sale.

  • 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. 765 CP
An extremely rare, attractive and unusual stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "yachting" dial and bezel

41mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF20,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020