Breitling was established in 1884 by Leon Breitling in the Swiss Jura Mountains. In 1915 Gaston Breitling introduced a pusher at 2 o’clock to start, stop and reset the chronograph. Leon later moved the reset to a pusher at 4 o’clock. During 1939 Breitling shipped a huge quantity of chronographs to the Royal Air Force. During the war with Germany surrounding Switzerland Leon and some friends created a makeshift runway near their factory. Planes would use the car's headlights as a guide to land. Once on the ground, they were quickly loaded, taking off before the Germans knew what was going on.
They introduced the “Navitimer” a navigation computer in 1952 used to calculate a flight plan. In 1969 they introduced a self-winding chronograph movement. Breitling stands for high precision, outstanding performance, and functionality. During the early days of space exploration, Lt. Commander Scott Carpenter went around the earth three times whilst wearing a modified Navitimer. In 2017 they were sold to CVC Capital Partners, Europe's largest private equity firm.
Here we have a 1967 Breitling Top Time Chronograph 2006 with a 36.5mm cushion stainless steel case. The polished case has a lug to lug length of 38mm and a thickness of 125.5mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. Down the right side, we have the square chronograph pushers and a signed crown in the center. A domed crystal sits above a sunburst silver dial. An outer Tachymeter scale is precisely printed with applied steel baton indexes and lume pips marking the hours. The bi-compax consists of at 3 o’clock a 45-minute register and at 9 o’clock the continuous seconds register both in black with white numerals. The slender sword hands have lume infill with a tapered chronograph second hand. Text is precisely printed at 12 o’clock with the Breitling logo and at 6 o’clock Top-time. On the reverse, a screw-down case back. Inside a Manually Wound Valjoux 7730, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. This cam switched chronograph movement was in production from 1966 until 1973. The watch comes fitted on a 20mm black Breitling leather strap with Breitling buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold Watch Only. The watch comes paired on a 20mm black Breitling leather strap with a Breitling buckle. The watch is from Circa.1967 in fair vintage condition. The dial, hands, and indexes are in great condition for their age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.