Breitling Chronomat 0818 Pilot Chronograph (48mm Case)


Brand: Breitling

Model: Chronomat ref. 0818 Three-Register Pilot Chronograph; Swiss Made circa 1968 (serial number: 124XXXX)

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 48mm in diameter excluding the original signed Breitling "B" winding crown; 48mm lug-to-lug

Strap: NOS vintage Speidel 7/8" (22mm) black leather strap with single wide keeper and polished 16mm tang buckle

Movement: Venus cal. 178 manual-winding chronograph (17 jewels) with column-wheel activation and 12-hour recording capability; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original glossy black dial with contrasting off-white sub-registers; original handset with neon orange chronograph register hands; unpolished 48mm stainless steel case with original domed acrylic crystal and rotating slide rule bezel; Venus 178 manual-winding movement with column-wheel activation and 12-hour chronograph recording capability; NOS vintage strap

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and careful use; unpolished 48mm stainless steel case with sharp edges; crisp caseback remains clearly legible with minor wear; beautiful original black dial is super glossy with a mirror-like finish; all of the original Tritium lume is in tact and has aged to an attractive yellow hue; excellent original handset with matching Tritium lume and no notable wear; very nice original rotating slide rule bezel; original domed acrylic crystal exhibits some light wear

Other: If you're into vintage pilot watches or looking for a sporty statement piece from a powerhouse brand, look no further than this absolutely killer 1968 Breitling Chronomat 0818. The unpolished 48mm stainless steel case wears smaller than the size would suggest due to its very reasonable 48mm lug-to-lug measurement. For context, Justin's wrist size is approximately 6.75 inches. The iconic rotating slide rule bezel can be used to make important calculations on the fly. We love the glossy, reverse-panda dial with neon orange accents and matching chronograph register hands. All of the neon orange accents glow brightly under UV exposure, which is very cool. This particular example is in collector-grade condition and is powered by a quality Venus 178 manual-winding movement. Most vintage Breitling Navitimer 806 models came with the same Venus 178 movement, and we prefer it over the automatic variations. This is a lot of watch for the money!

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