Breitling - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1965
    Reference No: 809
    Case No: 1’023’050
    Model Name: Navitimer "AOPA"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case and movement

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1961, a Navitimer with a 24-Hour dial was introduced and still bears the reference 806 with the same cal. 178. Within six months of the initial launch, the “Cosmonaute” signature was registered and the production of the reference 809 soon commenced. Futhermore, ref. 809’s was also produced with examples bearing a gilt pair of wings with “AOPA” indicated on the shield.

    “AOPA” short for Aircraf Owners and Pilots Association was the largest independent pilot’s association which was established in 1932. Furthermore, only made for the American market, the rare trait is also confirmed by the “WOG” engraved on the bridge on the movement, which stands for Wakmann Watch Co, the official Breitling authorized agent in the United States of America.

    The present example is a very nice and rare variant of the Cosmonaute ref. 809, featuring and AOPA signature on the dial with the correct “WOG” stamp on the bridge of the movement and is enhanced by the 24-hour luminous numerals on the dial. Presented in attractive and nice overall condition, this is a fantastic opportunity for collectors of pilot watches to acquire an iconic part of aviation history.

  • 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
A very fine and attractive stainless steel pilot’s chronograph wristwatch with black gilt dial

Circa 1965
40mm Diameter
Dial, case and movement

HK$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for HK$52,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019