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 collaborated with Heuer, Burne, and Dubois-Depraz on a top-secret project called Project 99. Together they developed one of the first self-winding chronograph movements. 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 2014 Breitling Transocean Unitimer Chrono AB0510U4 first launched in 1958 at a time of increased transcontinental flights. A 46mm stainless steel case. The thick curved lugs wrap your wrist with a lug to lug length of 56mm and a case thickness of 14.5mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. Down the right side, we have the chronograph pushers and a signed screw-down crown with deep knurling for extra grip. A slim smooth bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal above a black and pearlescent blue dial. The outer edge has the 24 world time zones clearly printed with red accents, just underneath we have the 24-hour scale in Arabic numerals. Applied steel bevel-edged baton indexes with lume pips mark the hours. Between the 4 and 5 a framed date window. In the center, we have a pearlescent blue globe with longitude and latitude at 3 o’clock a 30-minute register, at 6 o’clock a 12-hour register, and finally at 9 o’clock a small seconds register. Long sword hands are infilled with luminescence complemented by a tapered chronograph hand. At 12 o’clock an applied “B” and Breitling 1884 printed underneath. On the reverse a screw-down case back with an embossed “Transocean” and stylised birds. Inside an Automatic Breitling B05, 56 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. This in-house column-wheel chronograph has a base of the Breitling B01 movement. It has worldtimer functionality and is Chronometer certified. The watch comes fitted on its original Breitling 23mm Milanese bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch also comes with its Breitling presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Breitling presentation box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original 23mm Milanese bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch is from May 2014 and is sold in worn but fair condition as you can see, worn a handful of times at most. The watch comes with our 12-months Warranty.
An incredible watch but not for those with smaller wrists or who dislike a big watch, this is a beast at 46mm and really demands the presence on the wrist! The bracelet is super comfortable and works well with the design, however, throw this watch on a thick leather strap and you've got yourself a totally different look! The engineering involved in the B05 caliber is fascinating and operating the watch is a treat.
Movement : Automatic Breitling Cal. B05
Age : 2011/2020
Specific Age : May 2014
Case Size : 46mm
Case Thickness : 14.5mm
Lug to Lug : 56mm
Lugs : 23mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months Warranty