1945 Breitling Premier Ref.777 Waterproof

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Being probably one of the nicest Breitling references from the mid-40s, the 777 boasts with desirable 38 mm waterproof case, screw-down caseback and pump pushers. It also features very mint silver dial with radium luminous numerals accompanied by a set of blue still radium hands. Collectible and wearable timepiece in pristine condition.

All original and running perfectly. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • Stainless steel 3-body case with screw-down case back. Mixed satin and high polished finishing.
  • Showing strong geometry and sharp edges/facets. Lightly polished in the past. Minor traces of use, minor scratches. 
  • 38 mm (without crown) / 45 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs)
  • Original steel unsigned crown. Original "mushroom" pushers.
  • Original crystal.

    Movement:

    • Manual-winding 2-reg 45-minutes chronograph
    • Cal.175 by Venus, signed "Breitling".
    • 17 jewels, 18000 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve.
    • Service history is unknown, however, the watch shows strong results: 280 deg. of amplitude, +3 seconds a day, 1 ms of beat error.

    Dial:

    • Original untouched dial in excellent condition. Minor traces of ageing on the outer perimeter of the dial. 
    • Signed "Breitling Premier" at 12 o'clock and "Swiss Made" at 6 o'clock. Luminous Arabic numerals (radium).
    • Original radium blue steel hands. Original chrono hands.

    Delivery set:

    • The watch with generic leather strap and generic buckle
    • Suede leather watch travel case
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

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    Category: Breitling


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