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    • 1967

    • 42mm diameter

    • Case, dial and movement signed

  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 809
    Case No: 1’145’241
    Model Name: Cosmonaute
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The story of the Cosmonaute started in 1959, when U.S Military Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carpenter was selected to be a part of the mercury program. With desire, Carpenter requested for Breitling to create a 24-Hour version of the famed Navitimer featuring its newly innovated side rule inner-revolving bezel capable of calculating multiple operations.

    In 1961, Breitling released to the public their first Navitimer with a 24-Hour dial, referenced the 806 and still bearing Navitimer on the dial. In the second half of the same year, Breitling registered the name Cosmonaute, the production commenced soon after with a new reference, 809. The first-ever Breitling to be worn to space, the Cosmonaute has secured its place in history and with that adopted the new “twin planes” logo in 1965.

    The present example Breitling Cosmonaute ref. 809 from 1968 is a very attractive example of this historically important timepiece. Confirmed by an email from Breitling, the present timepiece was manufactured in April 1968 with its corresponding case number. Extremely attractive and alluring with vintage aura, the Cosmonaute will certainly fit into any of the world’s most respected collection of vintage chronograph timepieces.

  • 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 rare stainless steel pilot’s chronograph wristwatch with 24-Hour dial and slide rule inner rotating bezel

42mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$25,000 - 45,000 

Sold for HK$37,500

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