A fine and attractive stainless steel pilot’s chronograph wristwatch

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 809
    Case No: 1’144’946
    Model Name: Cosmonaute
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Nato
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42 mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case and movement

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Cosmonaute with the “twin planes” logo only appeared in 1965. The production of the Cosmonaute ceased in 1979 due to the quartz crisis.

    The present example is a Breitling Cosmonaute from 1967 with a case back engraving in Hebrew indicating the present example to likely be formerly a property belonging to the Israeli military.

  • Maker Bio


    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 fine and attractive stainless steel pilot’s chronograph wristwatch


Circa 1967
42 mm Diameter
Dial, case and movement

HK$31,000 - 62,000 

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019