A rare and exceptionally well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1946
    Reference No: 769
    Case No: 682'817
    Model Name: Chronomat
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Venus 175, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

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

    The launch of the Chronomat was one of the defining moments in Breitling’s history. Revealed to the world in 1942, the model was the first to integrate the brand’s patent number 217012, which granted protection for a rotating bezel containing a slide rule – a feature that would later inspire the Navitimer, the manufacturer’s best known pilot’s watch, and one of the most iconic timepieces from the second half of the 20th century.

    Owning a Chronomat is therefore not unlike reading the preface of one’s favorite book for the first time, a hint at the wonderful adventure that lies ahead, and it is an experience few are able to claim as their own. As many things in their initial phase, the Chronomat appears more subdued than Breilting’s later pilot watches, yet numerous details such as its wonderful two-tone dial, preserved here in very good condition, greatly enhance its overall appeal.

    The present example has been carefully and conscientiously kept out of harm’s way and displays very little wear. Here is a wonderful opportunity to own an extremely underrated piece of horological history and keep it alive for generations to come.

  • Maker Bio

    Breitling

    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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Breitling

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

Circa 1946
36mm Diameter
Dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF3,000 - 5,000 
€2,800-4,600
$3,000-5,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019