1968 Breitling Top Time Ref.814

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Attractive and underrated vintage Breitling timepiece from ca.1968. This Top Time was produced only for several years and represented cutting-edge and audacious design trends of the late 60s - early 70s. Very pronounced one the wrist, this watch will be a perfect one for someone who appreciates and understands the spirit of that era.

Serviced in July 2018. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • 2-piece all stainless steel case with screw-down caseback
  • Professionally refinished to factory specs
  • 38 mm (without crown) / 21 mm (between lugs) 
  • Original signed Breitling crown

    Movement:

    • Manual-winding column-wheel chronograph
    • Venus 178 signed Breitling
    • Gold-plated, 17 Jewels, 18000 A/h, 44 hours of power reserve
    • Serviced in July 2018

    Dial:

    • Original untouched black dial in excellent condition
    • Tritium markers are uniformly aged
    • Signed "Breitling Geneve" at 12 o'clock, raised silver Omega logo. Signed "T Swiss T" at 6 o'clock.
    • Original hands in good condition showing matching ageing of tritium. 

    Delivery set:

    • The watch with a generic leather strap and generic steel buckle
    • Our company's invoice and general terms and conditions.

    Collections: Watches

    Category: Breitling


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    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.

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    Lug-to-lug width

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