Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute! Vintage chronograph ref 1809. Very big! Rare!!!See original listing
“This is a used watch, not missing any parts. Does show signs of wear and age. Please observe the ”... Read more
May 31, 2013 04:14:32 PDT
Approximately US $5,314.40
GBP 75.00 (approx. US $122.64) Economy Int'l Postage | See details
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|Seller Notes:||“This is a used watch, not missing any parts. Does show signs of wear and age. Please observe the pictures carefully and read the description.”|
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Fantastic vintage Breitling Cosmonaute chronograph ref. 1809. The first Cosmonaute, reference 809 was launched in 1962 and has participated in space missions. When Breitling launched the Chrono-Matic series of chronographs, back in 1969, it has revised their top of the range Navitimer range. Besides featuring a self winding mechanism, the new Navitimer received a the new case, octagonal in shape and incredibly big at that time. Breitling re-launched this case just a few years ago. The plastic cap you see at 3 o’clock is original and means that Breitling has used the cases they already had for manual wind chronographs. Since the automatic movement had the crown in the opposite side of the pushers the hole at 3 o’clock had become obsolete.
What differentiates the usual Navitimer from the Navitimer Cosmonaute is that the hour hand takes 24 hours to complete the full circle, instead of the usual 12 hours. This requires a modification in the mechanism. In this case Breitling renamed the movement as 14, which is very rare if not the rarest of Breitling automatic chronographs.
Cool watch with beautiful black dial. Please note that what seems a defect in the dial is in fact a small flaw in the crystal. The crystal is easy and inexpensive to replace. I didn’t do it since I suspected that it might be the original crystal. The Octogonal stainless steel shaped case with screw down back is impressive and masculine.
I was told by the previous owner that the marks you see in the back were the result of wearing one of those nylon NATO straps. As they say: soft water striking hard stone, wears it at last! Nevertheless the marks are unobtrusive since they are restricted to the less visible part of the case.
The crystal is plastic/ Plexiglas.
The watch uses a high quality Swiss made Breitling ultra rare caliber 14 automatic wind mechanism.
The Breitling firm was founded in Saint-Imier in 1884 by Léon Breitling. Breitling invented the chronograph with two pushers (commands) in 1936.
The watch is tripled signed Breitling: in the dial, in the case and in the mechanism. The crown is from Breitling and has the appropriate logo.
The Breitling reference of this watch is 1809
The serial number: 1320788
According to Benno Richter in his book “Breitling The History of a great brand of watches 1884 to the present” the reference 1809 is indeed the reference of the Cosmonaute with automatic movement. Furthermore, the author states that serial numbers between 1262905 and 1337825 are from 1969. This means that this watch is one of the first chronographs with automatic movements made! 1969 was the year that saw the birth of the automatic, self-winding, chronographs. Both Zenith in one side and Breitling and Heuer in the opposite site, claim the prowess.
The watch was given a CLA job (cleaning, lubrication and adjustment) by a master watchmaker about five years ago. It is working very well and ready to wear. As a matter of fact I gave it a full wind and after 24hours of laying flat in its back I couldn’t detect any deviation. I repeated the test, this time with the chronograph working and it has shown a deviation of just + eight seconds.
All chronograph functions are working well.
The diameter of the case is 48mm not including the crown. Full length is 48mm. It takes 22mm bracelets. The bracelet is not from Breitling, neither the buckle. If the buyer wishes an optional genuine Breitling bracelet can be fitted, at a cost.
Like you I am a collector and only sell genuine and authentic watches.
Note: The watch should not be used in the water! All diving watches, even recent, should be sent for a qualified water sealing service each year prior to diving season.
Keep in mind that whether you are buying from impulse, or by the wish to complete your collection, you are making a good investment as you are buying a watch bearing a prestigious name, a brand that is known to every collector around the world. Demand never ceases to increase due to more and more people collecting while supply is scarce as this fine vintage watch stopped being made many years ago.
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