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1965 BREITLING TOP-TIME CHRONOGRAPH WATCH REFERENCE 2002 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.

£1,660.00

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1965 BREITLING TOP-TIME CHRONOGRAPH WATCH REFERENCE 2002 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.

1965 Breitling ‘top-time’ 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 1965 example is quite early in production, the ‘top-time’ range first being introduced in 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.

This particular watch has never been opened by the look of it, they 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, absolutely immaculate in every respect, including the luminous dots. Wide polished baton markers and the matching luminous filled hands and baton divisions contrast beautifully with the silvered dial, though they have long since lost their luminosity.

The Valjoux 7730 hand wound chronograph movement is in good order and running well. 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 owner has at some point engraved his name and what looks like his service number possibly on the back. We have seen this many times on the backs of watches that their owners have done themselves when going into the services, in an effort to prevent them from being ‘lost’. It is just part of the charm of these older chronographs, the rest of the watch being in outstanding condition 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.