Breitling - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT Hong Kong Monday, May 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1970
    Reference No: 810.3
    Case No: 1'134'899
    Model Name: Top Time "Panda"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels, stamped "WOG"
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Top Time line of wristwatches was introduced by Breitling in 1964 to appeal to a younger audience. They were robust timepieces able to withstand active lifestyles, and priced at a much lower point than Breitling’s other chronographs. Over time, they became an icon also thanks to the many celebrities who donned them. Most notably, a Top Time (ref. 2002) is one of only two watches worn by Sean Connery/James Bond (the other being of course the Rolex Submariner) and the first Q-modified timepiece to ever appear in the movie series (specifically, in Thunderbird).

    Reference 810.3 was introduced in 1969 and was available in 3 iterations: the present “Panda”, a “Reverse Panda” and a fully silvered one. The present watch features a movement stamped WOG, denoting the American original sale location.

  • 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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This Lot is to be Sold with No Reserve


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 810.3
A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with panda dial

Circa 1970
38mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for HK$50,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019