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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 809.4
    Model Name: Cosmonaute Navitimer
    Material: Yellow gold-plated stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Breitling buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released by Breitling in 1962, the Navitimer Cosmonaute has been one of the most legendary watch models of the twentieth century. In the same year, American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth in the Aurora 7 spacecraft with a Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute ref. 809 on his wrist – making it one of the very first chronograph wristwatch models to be worn in space.

    The present piece belongs to the fourth generation of the ref. 809 model. The case is preserved in great condition, if not unpolished, and the luminous materials have taken on a beautiful cream-colored patina.

  • 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. 809.4
A fine yellow gold-plated stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black gilt dial, tachymeter scale and slide rule bezel

Circa 1970
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$32,000 - 48,000 

Sold for HK$32,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019