1967 Breilting Navitimer Cosmonaut

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A very charismatic timepiece by Breitling with clear and documented pilot's DNA. The Cosmonaut was introduced first in 1961 after pilot and astronaut Commander Scott Carpenter contacted Breitling with a very reasonable suggestion - to make a 24-hours version of already popular Breitling Navitimer since there was no day and night on the Earth's orbit.

This particular timepiece comes from ca.1967 and bears reference 809 (the first generation along with ref.806 signed "Navitimer" but with 24-hours dial). It features beautifully preserved case, near-perfect Venus 178 movement and a gorgeous service replacement dial offered by Breitling in the early 90s to Cosmonaut owners.

Perfectly functional. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • Stainless steel 3-body with snap-on case back and rotating fluted bezel
  • Strong condition showing minor traces of use. Professionally polished in the past.
  • 41 mm (bezel) / 49 mm (lug-to-lug) / 22 mm (between lugs) 
  • Original signed crown
  • Original pushers

    Movement:

    • Manual-winding column wheel chronograph
    • Venus Cal.178 with 24 hour modification signed "Breitling Watch Ltd"
    • Gold-plated, 17 Jewels, 18000 A/h, 45 hours of power reserve
    • Service history is unknown, however, the watch shows strong results: 230 deg. of amplitude, +4 seconds a day, and under 0.8 ms of beat error.

    Dial:

    • Genuine Breitling serviced dial from the early 90s in perfect condition showing basically no ageing. The only aged part - tritium at 4 o'clock (24 hours layout)
    • The tritium colour turned to warm yellow tone. It is reactive under UV and fades out in seconds which means that the dial is older than approximately 25 years.
    • Signed "Breitling Geneve Cosmonaut" at 12 o'clock. Signed "T Swiss Made T" at 6 o'clock.
    • Genuine Breitling service hands (correct type) in excellent condition showing the matching colour of tritium.

    Delivery set:

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

    Collections: Archive

    Category: Breitling


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