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1984-1994
BREITLING
Chronomat
Limited Edition
10th Anniversary

ref. A13050

Ltd. Ed. No. 1918 / 1994



In 1994 a limited edition watch of only 1,994 watches was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the modern Chronomat. It has an 18K yellow gold Breitling wings logo and a special engraved back with a relief image of the Aermacchi MB-339A used by the Frecce Tricolori that originally appeared on the case back in 1984.


This fine example of this beautiful Pilot's wristwatch is offered for sale for the first time ...by the original owner.


Watch is in excellent near mint (9+) condition.  Only gently worn with very light usage - some very minor scuffs - none that detract from the beauty, only mentioning for accuracy's sake. Crystal is excellent (9.5) and dial is a perfect (10). Strap exterior (9+) Interior (8)

 All functions work perfectly -

keeping accurate time.


Includes all original packaging, box and papers.  Note: Box shows some wear from storage. Papers include original instruction booklet, Chronomat Cataloque Book/Manual, Original warranty and signed Authenticity certificate detailing limited edition numbers, movement etc.  


Purchased from the authorized Canadian Breitling
dealer "Calgary Jewelers" in Calgary Alberta.




The following information is quoted from the web
(see url below) :


Breitling Chronomat

A short history to aid identification

Part 2: The Pilot's Chronomats - 1984 to the present day




"The life of the Breitling Chronomat began in 1940 with the application for a Swiss government patent for an innovative circular slide rule to be used in conjunction with a wrist chronograph. The first Chronomats were then manufactured and sold in 1941/42. Later, in the 1950's, the outstanding success of the Chronomat inspired the birth of the Navitimer, a chronograph with its slide rule modelled after the E6B circular slide rule used by pilots.

The Chronomat went on to be produced in many forms including a version of the first-ever automatic chronograph watch in the late 1960's and even a quartz non-chronograph during the 1970's.

In 1978 all watch production ceased at Breitling. The company was put up for sale and bought by Mr Ernest Schneider in 1979. From 1980 new Breitling models began to be released but it was not until 1984 that the Chronomat reappeared - as a completely different watch, now designed for pilots. This was the forerunner of all modern Chronomats up to the present day.

The Chronomat has remained one of Breitling's most successful watches for over sixty years and has in recent years proved to be Breitling's biggest seller.

1984 to 1990
Athough the advent of electronic watches played a large part in the demise of many Swiss watch firms including the old Breitling company, by the early to mid-1980's it is becoming apparent that there is a growing market again for mechanical watches. Many owners do not want LED, LCD or quartz watches which in their eyes lack the appeal and technical attraction of watches with a traditional movement. They prefer mechanical movements and are prepared to pay a premium for them. While continuing their strong presence in the evolution of quartz watches, Breitling have also begun developing innovative mechanical models one of which is an automatic pilot's watch, completely new in design in every aspect. The now famous "rider tab" was invented by the head of the company in 1982 and he also made the decision to use the mechanical Valjoux 7750 movement for the first time by Breitling. Both of these features are still in use today in many Breitlings although the movement has undergone enormous improvements since then. However the rider tab design is just as penned by Mr Schneider all those years ago.

The most important design change made to the new watch is that the pushers and crown are made more prominent and therefore easier to use while wearing gloves in the cockpit. While this detracts from the smooth outline of the case design it does make the watch more functional. There is also a small redesign of the bezel and of the rider tab at 0/60 minutes. This new watch is named the Navitimer Chronomat and is very different from earlier Chronomats.

In the place of the old type 42 slide rule it has a rotating timing bezel with four projecting "rider tabs", easy to grip while wearing gloves in the cockpit. They also provide a measure of protection for the crystal. The 15 and 45 minute rider tabs can easily be changed over to create a countdown bezel if that is preferred. The large white hour indices and wide hands provide easy visibility at a glance. There is a 0-100 scale for the decimal minutes so useful in computations, and a tachymetre scale for various timing uses involving speed and distance.

The wings logo on the dial of the Chronomat is the same as that already found on early 1980's quartz Navitimers. It consists of a design derived from (but not associated with) the wings motif of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) but in the centre, instead of the initials "AOPA", is the letter "B" for Breitling. Below the wings a wavy line signifies water to show Breitling's continuing strong interest in designing and marketing watches for yachtsmen and divers. On the case back a motif of the Aermacchi MB-339A aircraft used by the Frecce Tricolori team echoes the shape of the old 1960's B/BREITLING logo below it while reinforcing the idea that the Chronomat is indeed now a pilot's watch.

The visual design of the new Chronomat is an interesting blend of ultra-modern and traditional, perhaps an early form of "post-modern" design that became so popular in architecture during the 1980's and 90's. The "onion" style of the crown and pushers harks back to the crowns of pilot's watches of the 1930's and 40's designed to be easy to grip while wearing gloves. Unusually, the case lugs are straight and it is the ends of the bracelet or strap that provide for the curve of the wearer's wrist.


As well as being water resistant to a depth of 100 M the Navitimer Chronomat has been tested to accelerative forces of 20G, far in excess of what any pilot could endure. It is powered by the 17-jewel Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement. Although when first used by Breitling, this movement is unmodified and unadorned, it is robust and has excellent reliability and accuracy."

http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=13334

(Thanks to Altro for this posting in the
"Breitling watch articles"  forum :)




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1984-1994
BREITLING
Chronomat
Limited Edition
10th Anniversary


For Sale $2250 (OBO)

 

 




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