Breitling top time. 1969 Breitling Top Time ref. 814 cushion case cal. Venus 178 2019-12-01

The Breitling Top Time Collector's Guide

Breitling top time

We have a long way to go here and a huge task ahead. The other Top Time that used a bezel is Ref. The second image From Watch Guy website shows a top time movement out through the front in one piece. This is the only time a watch manufactured by Breitling bore the Wakmann brand and the only one you can call a Breitling. Fred: No real secrets to share: auction houses, the bay, some dealers, chrono24.

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The Breitling Top Time Collector's Guide

Breitling top time

This is probably the best resource out there today on vintage Breitling and provides some great photos and information. With the crystal removed there seems to be a silver metal ring inside the case, very thin but enough that the dial with tachy ring on will not pass through, as per the attached image. Breitling launched the first wrist chronograph with a pusher at 2:00 in 1915. The availability of all of these seems to be a major issue. To aid in his mission, Q Desmond Llewelyn presented James Bond with a modified version of the Breitling Top Time Ref.

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1969 Breitling Top Time ref. 814 cushion case cal. Venus 178

Breitling top time

Note that this discusses stainless models only — gold plated models exist. They contain very interesting movements, history, and the dials are less cluttered than the Navitimers. I recently serviced a watch - can't remember which - that had a similar gold tone case with a stainless back and it was definitely a one-piece. Something which Breitling has traded on ever since. It was available in two dial variants, panda right and one with a silver sunburst main dial and silver sub dials left.

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How to Open a Breitling Top Time 2000 Case

Breitling top time

We hope you enjoyed a brief look at the variants —happy collecting! The next step would be to verify if the claimed serial number fits the watch appearance. It sits tightly against the case. Lume is printed on the dial for the hour markers, which is in keeping with the sporty theme. Think of him as a bit of a caped crusader within the vintage watch landscape. It also appeared in reverse panda center and panda right executions. Printing on the black dial surface is done in white while the silver ridged registers contain black numbers. My personal belief, and there is some debate about this among Breitling experts and collectors so please do not pin me down on this, is that 1000 or 2000 pieces were initially made with the V72 movement in 1954 and 1955.

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Breitling from 1960

Breitling top time

Breitling Top Time is the name given to the series of watches characterized by a bold and elegant design, which were also useful tools for professional pilots and racers. This was made during 1965-1966 and, curiously, was made only in a reverse panda version with applied lume at the markers. Rumor has it the 15-minute counter was done because Aircrews had 15 minutes to get an aircraft ready for takeoff and this allowed them to keep track of those 15 minutes easier than with a 30-minute counter. If you have run out of options for restoration you may want to try. The Breitling Top Time reference 2008 was conceived in the early 60s as a cheaper entry level range of Breitling chronographs; one of the highlights here is the stunning dials which make it a popular choice. Case size was in the range of 35 mm to about 40 mm. A tachymeter scale measures how fast an object is moving.

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Breitling from 1960

Breitling top time

One variant left came with a silver sunburst dial and silver sub dials. On the other hand, the non-waterproof variants, such as Ref. One left featured a silver sunburst main dial with silver sub dials, while the other right had a black main dial with silver sub dials. Case size was in the range of 35 mm to about 40 mm. Among the three, the reverse panda appears to have come first, followed by the panda bear or true panda and then the panda.

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Breitling TopTime ref 2000 Gold Plated case 1966

Breitling top time

The post 1964 806 Navitimers, with black and white dial, can be bought quite easily. Breitling was one of the first manufacturers to recognize the need of early aviators for wrist watches incorporating such devices. I understand some Top Times were front loaders, but I have had the crystal out to replace it and can see no way of removing from the front either. Most of them, with the exception of Venus 178, had sub second cam switches. By partnering directly with the brands we carry, we guarantee 100% authenticity of everything we sell. The case design on the Breitling 810 Top Time is also worth a view from the reverse.

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1960s Breitling Top Time Reference 810

Breitling top time

Service history : watch just came back from service. The second was an all-silver dial with applied markers. We spoke about those relatively huge TopTime 810 with their massive 38mm steel cases, good early reverse panda toploaders sold around 1-1. The 2015 SuperOcean is equipped with the cal-11 movement and is one of the 1 st if not the 1 st automatic chronograph dive watches ever built. Killy is said to have worn the watch before, during, and after the 1968 Olympics. The silver dial has been preserved well; it does not exhibit any noticeable imperfections, except for a few missing lume plots.

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