The Breitling Chronomat with its famous rotating ruler-bezel was patented in 1941 as the WW2 raged through Europe and other parts of the world. It was designed with emphasis on engineering and mathematics, science and industry and seemed to offer hope for a future where the war would be over and reconstruction could begin.
The watch went through complete service in October 2016.
Manufacturer: Breilting, Switzerland
Type: Manual-winding 2-reg chronograph
Year of production: ca.1945
Case type: 3-body, with snap-back, mixed satin and high-polished finishing.
Case material: Stainless steel
Case measurement: 36 mm (without crown) / 43 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs)
Case serial number: 614360
Case back: Snap-back, signed with reference and serial numbers on the outer side of the caseback. Signed "Stainless Steel" on the inner part of the caseback.
Crown/pushers: Steel fluted crown signed with Breitling logo (replacement), steel square pushers.
Movement type: Manual-winding 45-minutes chronograph
Movement model: Venus Cal.175, signed "Breitling Premiere". 17 jewels, 18000 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve, no shock-protection.
Movement serial number: n/a
Dial: Silver two-tone dial with calculation scale on the outer perimiter of the dial, black printed seconds scale with Arabic numerals, luminous Arabic numerals. 1/100th red printed scale in the central part of the dial. Signed "Breilting Chronomat" at 12 o'clock and "+27012" and "Swiss Made" at 6 o'clock. Small seconds subsidiary dial at 9 o'clock, 45-minutes counter's subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock.
Hands: Blue-steel luminous hours and minutes hands, blue steel sweep seconds hand and chrono hands.
Case condition: 1 (mint). Professionally polished, sharp, showing no traces of use. Very strong and sharp edges.
Movement condition: 2 (fine) professionally serviced in October 2016, bridge may have been replaced in the past. Adjusted and keeps good time. All functions work properly.
Dial/hands condition: Untouched dial in fair aged condition showing patina matching with rotating bezel insert. Dial's condition is stable. Original restored hands.
Overall condition: 2 (fine)
Delivery set: The watch comes with brand-new genuine leather strap or neylon NATO strap and generic steel buckle. Along with our company’s warranty certificate, general terms and conditions of sale, our company’s box.
Warranty: 1-year technical warranty
It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.
In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width.
Diameter without crown
It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:
This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.
This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.