IMPORTANT NOTE: ON SOME OF THE PHOTOS IT LOOKS LIKE THE SMALL HAND ON THE 9H SUB-DIAL IS MISSING. ITS NOT MISSING, IT JUST DOES NOT SHOW BECAUSE THE WATCH WAS WORKING WHILE I WAS TAKING THE PHOTOS. I ADDED A COUPLE OF SNAPSHOTS AT THE END, SHOWING ALL HANDS.
Simply an exquisite and classy example of a BREITLING (Swiss) vintage chronograph watch, this rare 18k Ref. 787 ‘Premier’ from 1945 has been professionally inspected by Localtime.
Serial number #607699 places its production in 1945, making this a 70+ year-old watch. It is in excellent authentic condition throughout and ready to proudly wear or join your collection. The 35.25mm (37.25mm counting the centre crown) 18k rose-gold case is in excellent, unpolished condition. The golden tri-compax dial and gorgeous hands/indices have an even patina commensurate with its age and are a feast to the eyes. I have included many photos, including some closeup snapshots I took, just for fun. This lovely chronograph is fitted with a same-period new old stock lizard-grain leather strap in cognac brown.
As with all the watches I handle here at Localtime, the BIN price includes a written 3-month written warrantee from the date of purchase. Feel free to contact me for whatever questions you might have.
Extra: Try my Localtime Tejus lizard-grain leather straps listed separately in the store: They come in 7 sizes (12-14-16-18-20-22-24mm), 10 colours and have colour-matching stitching. Their length is approximately 85mm on the buckle end (including the silver-coloured fitted buckle; a second, gold-coloured buckle is included with each strap) and 115mm on the tail end; so not short but not too long either. Please note that silver and gold refers to the buckle colour and not the material. They have two keepers, one of them is fixed and the other one is floating, for a better fit and comfort. A good quality pair of spring bars is included with each strap. Feel free to contact me for whatever questions you might have.
Important Note: Sometimes I am asked what I exactly mean with ‘professionally inspected by Localtime’. Here is my theory on vintage watches: as a purveyor of vintage watches, my effort is to always do only what is needed to the watch. I do not buy ‘junk’ watches to resell. I am choosy with my purchases and always sell watches that are, to my knowledge, authentic and in good condition. I first inspect the watch, both visually (cosmetically) and then mechanically. If I judge that the watch is not yet in need of a full service then I do not put the watch through a service which, by the way, entails a lot of risks too. Instead, I give it what I call my ‘Spa’ treatment which will include a cleaning, changing of gaskets, oiling, lubricating and mechanical testing. If the plexi is heavily scratched or discoloured and it can not be cleaned, I change it. If the crown is wrong or worn, I also change it. Now, if the watch is in need of a full service, then my ‘professionally inspected’ description becomes ‘professionally serviced’. In both cases, I include a written warrantee with my buy it now price and I always describe what I have changed, if anything, on the watch.
Important Note On Straps/Bracelets: The straps I use on my watches [leather, canvas, suede, rubber] are always brand new, unless otherwise mentioned and, in most cases, I also sell them separately in my store, in different colours and sizes. In the case of metal bracelets, if the watch is NOS, the bracelet is also unused. If the watch is pre-owned with its original bracelet, then the bracelet is also pre-owned, unless otherwise mentioned. Either way, if in doubt, please ask.