A stunning barn find, this is a super classy vintage dress watch by Breitling, that has been professionally inspected by Localtime. It is in excellent condition through, with nothing really to report, other than what you see in the photos. The long tear-drop lugs case measures a handsome 36mm or 37.50mm if you count the crown at 3 o’clock. It is 45mm lug-t0-lug (L2L) and 8mm thick including the plexiglass, making it a very handsome dress watch. It has long and elegant tear-drop 20mm lugs and is wearing a brown crocodile-grain premium calf leather strap. It has a gracefully aged sector dial with a lovely and very even ‘mocca’ patina. On the caseback you will find the serial number 391311 placing the watch production in 1946 and also the number 171 which should have been 7171 for the reference number of the watch as seen in the Breitling catalogue scans (attached) from my Breitling collector friend D.S. who explained to me that it was not uncommon to see such errors 70+ years ago. As with all the watches that I handle here at Localtime, the listed price includes a written 3-month warranty from the date of purchase. Feel free to contact me for any questions that you might have.
Important Note: Sometimes I am asked what I exactly mean with ‘professionally inspected or serviced 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 mention what has been changed (if anything) on the watch and I include a written warranty with my listed price.
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.
Extra: Try my genuine alligator straps, handmade in Italy. You can see them in the last photo here and they are also listed separately under Accessories & Straps in the store.