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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1945
    Reference No: 769
    Case No: 468'357
    Model Name: Chronomat
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial signed and case numbered
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breitling Chronomat instruction manual.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Chronomat is integral to the DNA of Breitling. Launched in 1942, the model is based on a patent document that Breitling submitted, patent number 217012, which granted protection for a rotating bezel which contained a circular slide rule. With this system, the wearer could easily perform various measurements and calculations. The Chronomat model inspired the Navitimer, which is perhaps the best-known Breitling model today.

    The present watch can only be described as having a "new old stock", unpolished condition. Probably worn only once or twice, the case retains all original satin finishes to the side of the case, and razor sharp edges to the lugs. The case number is also punched deeply on the outside caseback. Opening the caseback reveals a movement that has most probably never seen any intervention or servicing within its life.

    Consigned by a family member of the original owner, this watch is accompanied by its original instruction booklet, educating the wearer on how to perform a number of calculations using the circular slide rule, such as doing multiplication or division.

  • 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. 769
A rare and exceptionally well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial and instruction manual

Circa 1945
36mm. Diameter
Dial signed and case numbered

CHF4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for CHF10,625

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017