Saturday, April 28, 2007

Rare Breitling Bulls Head/Pupitre 1970s New Old Stock Chronomatic Calibre 11.

Stainless Steel mint automatic blue grey dial with 30 minute register at 12:00, date at 3:00, 12 hour register at 6:00, signed winding crown at 6:00, pushers at 11:00 and 1:00 positions, 42 1/2 x 45 1/2mm bull head case. 17 jewels watch with a frequency of 19800 A/h and power reserve of 42 hours, the cal.11 was the world’s second automatic chronographs. In 1969 the Breitling firm participated in the joint development of an "automatic chronograph" a mechanical chronograph with automatic winding. The watch, a sensation for the Swiss watch industry, became known as the "Chronomat." As part of the "Chronomat-Chrono-Matic" series, some 300,000 were produced including a variant automatic model for sailors known as the "Super Ocean." It was beaten by the Zenith El Primero 3019 to the title of first automatic chronograph by a matter of months. This watch uses a micro rotor under the dial (which is why it is not visible when case back open.)

You may notice some tiny marks around the rim where the caseback meets the case of the watch. This is a small amount of residue from the old gasket.

This Breitling dates from before August 1979 when the almost 100-year old Breitling firm was closed after Willy Breitling's death earlier that year. Case Reference: 2117, case serial number 1370478. Overall condition of dial: New Old Stock. Overall condition of movement: Excellent. Retail price around the A 3000.00 - 4500.00 for a mint example. Have seen a British jeweller asking 3000 pounds and a Swiss dealer asking 4590 USD.

Price $USD 1350.00 ONO plus shipping and insurance. PAYMENT: Bank transfer


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