1964 BREITLING TOP TIME STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WATCH REFERENCE 2002 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION

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1964 BREITLING TOP TIME STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WATCH REFERENCE 2002 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION

1960’s Breitlings are very much the flavour of the month at the moment and this example does not disappoint. This 1964 example is very early in production having the serial number 998155 engraved inside the case back, the ‘top-time’ range first being introduced in early 1964.

The waterproof stainless steel case measures 36.5mm across the bezel, not including the crown and 43mm tip-to-tip. This is the single-piece case model 2002 and the movement is removed through the top of the watch once the glass has been removed, using a delicate split-stem system for removal of the winding crown and stem.

These are particularly difficult to open without the correct tools and there is usually evidence of this in the form of scratches around the periphery of the dial and non-original crystals being fitted. Not so with this example.

The original silvered dial is in first class condition, very close to immaculate in every respect including the luminous dots. Polished silver baton markers and the matching luminous filled hands contrast beautifully with the silvered dial, though they have long since lost their luminosity. The outer silvered telemeter ring is similarly in very nice condition also.

The Venus 188 hand wound chronograph movement is in good order and running well, winding and setting as it should. The centre chronograph hand starts promptly as it should and snaps back to zero again with vigour.

The original crystal is still fitted and in excellent condition, along with the original ‘Breitling’ winding crown. The back appears to be quite worn from frequent use, but the remains of the engraved Breitling logo etc are still partially visible.

Other than this, the owner was clearly very, very careful with the watch, as it is particularly beautiful given it’s age.

This is a watch that is highly sought after at the moment and a rare find in this wonderful original condition.