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    Vintage Breitling

    I thought I'd share my small collection of Breitlings with you, as well as some information for those who are interested. I only became interested in vintage watches at the beginning of the year so I am by no means a seasoned collector, but I've learnt a few things along the way that may be useful. But lets start with the pics!

    This is a Cadette ref.1188 powered by a Venus 188, serial # dates it to 1952., gold plated rather than solid unfortunately, but luckily not many scuffs, at 37mm its a great size.
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    This is a Chronomat 769, one of the earlier models from 1946. This one is 18k rose gold and the dial is in really great condition. At 35mm it is just about as small a watch as I feel good wearing, but I think its the most beautiful watch that I own.

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    I became interested in vintage Breitling after reading this article that I recommend: https://www.fratellowatches.com/vint...rt-interviews/ and somehow they really grabbed me, even though I have no feeling at all for the modern brand. I really like the romantic cursive logo and the association with early flight, and I feel the dials are exceptionally well balanced and elegant.

    One thing I discovered when considering my first purchase is that there are many many fakes being sold as Breitlings, so I was lucky to come across the vintage section of the http://breitlingsource.com/phpBB2/ where more experienced collectors will post their thoughts on prospective purchases, I highly recommend going there if you are considering making a purchase but you're unsure of its authenticity.

    For anyone interested in Chronomats, there is a great article here that was very helpful when I bought mine https://vintagewatchworld.jimdo.com/...nomat-ref-769/ and there is another article on the Navitimer on the same site.

    I am hoping to add a stainless steel Premier, and a Navitimer at some point, though I'm not actively looking right now. If anyone else has an interest in old Breitlings please feel free to share!

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    I'm not too interested in Breitlings in general as their modern lineup doesn't feel like my style. But I love these two watches, the Chronomat especially. Thank you for sharing!


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    VERY Nice watches! Classic style!!
    Oyster Perpetual Date with Jubilee Band
    Oyster Perpetual Date with Oyster Band
    Oyster Perpetual Datejust Two Tone with Jubilee Band
    Submariner Two Tone Blue (New)
    Breitling Chronomat Two Tone with Bullet two tone Bracelet
    Omega Constellation Pie Pan 14K gold Capped over SS
    Omega Constellation 18K Solid Gold, leather band C/W 18K Omega Buckle Circa 1966
    Omega 18K Solid Rose Gold Circa 1945
    to name a few

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    Quote Originally Posted by dplawiuk View Post
    I'm not too interested in Breitlings in general as their modern lineup doesn't feel like my style. But I love these two watches, the Chronomat especially. Thank you for sharing!


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    I entirely agree, the modern lineup is not appealing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3whiterag View Post
    VERY Nice watches! Classic style!!
    Thanks! Good luck with your project.

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    Very cool watches! I love these vintage chronographs.
    Rolex GMTII 16760 "Sophia Loren/Fat lady"
    Rolex Yachtmaster 16622
    Rolex Police Datejust 16030
    Omega Seamaster "Calypso 1"
    Omega Seamaster 560
    Tudor small rose
    Ginault Ocean Rover (gone)
    As well as other vintage watches and GTLS watches.

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