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Breitling Chronomat Longitude Automatic Chronograph, Red dial, GMT complication
Hi & welcome to my auction for a 100% genuine
Breitling Chronomat Longitude Automatic Chronograph, Red dial, GMT complication
All original watch in Box, Great condition, Ref. A20048
Auction starts @ ?0.99 No reserve - Grab a bargain!
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Hi & Welcome to my auction,
My name is Lev, genuine watch enthusiastic and collector for over 15 years. To fuel my passion, I've owned all sorts of brands including (but not limited to) Breitling, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Fortis, Girard Perregaux, Glashutte, IWC Schaffhausen, Omega, Rolex, Tag Heuer, Zenith, and other premium brands, several dozens of fine watches, quite a few of them with an eye-watering price tag.
I truly hope that even with English not being my first language, I'll be able to pass on at least a tiny fraction of my passion, and offer the best timepieces at the best available prices (with all my auctions starting @ ?0.99).
My aim when creating my auctions, is to give the most possible realistic image of my beloved timepieces, including the most detailed description as well as the best quality photos, all made by myself.
Not only all my watches are100% genuine, but they come in awell preserved condition, with original box & accessories, in perfect working condition, from an experienced, trusted seller, with (I'd like to believe) special attention to details. Buy with confidence, please see my 100% positive feedbacks!
Why this watch?
Well, this is not your ordinary Breitling Chronomat!
Not that I have anything agains t the standard Chronomats, they are undeniably brilliant watches that have proved their suitability in professional environment as well as in watch enthusiasts' circles. Nothing proves more than the fact that they're Breitling's bestsellers.
As I'm sure you know, rarity when paired with refinement in the world of watches equals desirability.
So how does this Longitude model differ from the ordinary Chronomat?
As you can find out from the model history below, the first of the modern Chronomats was the 81950 (1984-1990), followed by the 13047 (1990-1993) and then the 13050 (1994-1999).
This latter updated model differs from the previous model in 'tachymeter' written on the dial flange,solid gold Breitling wings logoon the dial,wider date aperturewith border, andguilloched(3D textured) dial option.
TheLongitudeis a very rare and refined descendant of the 13050, with an interesting complication: an extra hand to indicate asecond time zone. It also differs from the standard 13050 model in its bezel that's divided into12 hoursfor the second time zone. In addition, the inner beze l displays a compass'360 degrees. The caseback with theengraved globeis not only specific to the Longitude model, but only to this, early version.
The extra lollipop hand that indicates the secondary time zone is a very clever complication: it moves along with the hour hand, with a time difference chosen by yourself. The position of the hand can be set by the crown: pulled out to position 1, rotating clockwise it adjusts the date like any other watch. Anti-clockwise, however, it sets the position of the secondary hour hand, which jumps in one hour increments. When not in use, it can be hidden under the hour hand.
The fact that the Longitude was only manufactured insmall numbers between 1993-2003only adds to its appeal. This is the more desirable early version, not the later A20348 which only came with some boring dial colours, and with barely any distinctive parts.
The striking red dial is definitely a 'hate it or love it' thing. However, sceptics might be delighted by the fact that the dial and the inner bezel are replaceable by any other ordinary 13050 dials and tachymeter rings.
An interesting fact thatGordon Ramsaywears the yellow dial version of this model.
All parts (with the exception of the 2 aftermarket straps) are 100% original!
The perfect vintage watch: one of the first releases of Breitling's most popular modern Chronomat series, in this condition with original box & buckle for a 20 years old watch is a very rare find.
The perfect investment: Breitling watches, especially the mechanical ones have the remarkable ability to increase their value, so this timepiece is also a wearable investment.
The perfect everyday watch: it also ticks all the boxes as an everyday watch: quality solid stainless steel case, sapphire crystal face (second hardest material to diamond, virtually scratchproof) , one of the sturdiest & most reliable self-winding mechanical chronograph movements ( widely used by other premium watchmakers like Omega, IWC Schaffhausen, Tag Heuer, etc., even Panerai, learn more here ), screw-down crown, just to mention some.
It comes with itsoriginal box, buckle, authorized distributors list booklet in its holder , and 2 sets of aftermarket straps .
Chronomat Series history (source: Alan Trott: Breitling Chronomat - a short history http://forums.watchuseek.com/ f39/breitling-chronomat-short- history-part-2-pilots- chronomats-13334.html )
The life of the Breitling Chronomat began in 1940 with the application for a Swiss government patent for an innovative circular slide rule to be used in conjunction with a wrist chronograph. The first Chronomats were then manufactured and sold in 1941/42. Later, in the 1950's, the outstanding success of the Chronomat inspired the birth of the Navitimer, a chronograph with its slide rule modelled after the E6B circular slide rule used by pilots. In 1978 all watch production ceased at Breitling. The company was put up for sale and bought by Mr Ernest Schneider in 1979.
Although the advent of electronic watches played a large part in the demise of many Swiss watch firms including the old Breitling company, by the early to mid-1980's it is becoming apparent that there is a growing market again for mechanical watches. Many owners do not want LED, LCD or quartz watches which in their eyes lack the appeal and technical attraction of watches with a traditional movement. They prefer mechanical movements and are prepared to pay a premium for them. While continuing their strong presence in the evolution of quartz watches, Breitling have also begun developing innovative mechanical models one of which is an automatic pilot's watch, completely new in design in every aspect.
Model 81950 history, design & functions
In 1984 the Chronomat reappeared in form of the 81950 - as a completely different watch, now designed for pilots. This was the forerunner of all modern Chronomats up to the present day.
It's developed in close cooperation with the elite Italian air force aerobatic team, the Frecce Tricolori. With its sturdy case and famous bezel with rider tabs, the Chronomat marks the return of the mechanical chronograph and quickly becomes the best-selling line in the Breitling collection, a position it has held ever since.
The most important design change made to the new watch is that the pushers and crown are made more prominent and therefore easier to use while wearing gloves in the cockpit. While this detracts from the smooth outline of the case design it does make the watch more functional. There is also a small redesign of the bezel and of the rider tab at 0/60 minutes. This new watch is named the Navitimer Chronomat and is very different from earlier Chronomats.
In the place of the old type 42 slide rule it has a rotating timing bezel with four projecting 'rider tabs', easy to grip while wearing gloves in the cockpit. They also provide a measure of protection for the crystal. The 15 and 45 minute rider tabs can easily be changed over to create a countdown bezel if that is preferred. The large white hour indices and wide hands provide easy visibility at a glance. There is a 0-100 scale for the decimal minutes so useful in computations, and a tachymetre scale for various timing uses involving speed and distance.
The visual design of the new Chronomat is an interesting blend of ultra-modern and traditional, perhaps an early form of 'post-modern' design that became so popular in architecture during the 1980's and 90's. The 'onion' style of the crown and pushers harks back to the crowns of pilot's watches of the 1930's and 40's designed to be easy to grip while wearing gloves. Unusually, the case lugs are straight and it is the ends of the bracelet or strap that provide for the curve of the wearer's wrist.
As well as being water resistant to a depth of 100 M the Chronomat has been tested to accelerative forces of 20G, far in excess of what any pilot could endure. It is powered by the 17-jewel Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement. Although when first used by Breitling, this movement is unmodified and unadorned, it is robust and has excellent reliability and accuracy.
Little did Breitling realise it then, but this watch was to become the company's biggest seller and the most important watch in the astonishing success enjoyed by Breitling ever since. There is something wonderfully refreshing and honest about this early version of the elegant tool-watch that aesthetically, in spite of all the more recent developments and enhancements, has perhaps never been surpassed (more: Alan Trott: Breitling Chronomat - a short history http://forums.watchuseek.com/ f39/breitling-chronomat-short- history-part-2-pilots- chronomats-13334.html )
F eatures :
· Year of manufacture approx. 1993-99
· Breitling model reference: A20048
· Stainless steel case
· Movement: Breitling 20 (modified Valjoux 7750 with GMT complication), 28,800 vph, 25 jewels
· Chronograph function (12 hour counter at 6 o'clock, 30 minute counter at 12 o'clock)
· Second time zone function: retractable extra hour hand
· Dial: red, 3 black sub dials with silver trim & solid white gold Breitling Wings logo. Original spotless condition
· Inner bezel: 360 degrees rather than Thachymeter scale (model specific!)
· Subsidiary seconds at 9 o'clock
· Date display at 3 o’clock, quick dateset function
· Bi directional bezel with 12 hour marks (model specific!)
· Luminous hands, hour markers and bezel at 12 o'clock
· Screw-down crown with two gaskets
· Crystal: scratch-resistant sapphire crystal (second hardest material to diamond)
· Buckle: original Breitling stainless steel
· Water resistance: 100m (not tested!)
· Case diameter (excluding crown): 40.5mm
· Lug width: 20mm
· Watch + black leather strap combined length: 213mm (= fits a wrist with a circumference smaller than that)
· Watch + SS mesh bracelet combined length: 215mm (= fits a wrist with a circumference smaller than that)
Working c ondition :
The watch is in perfect working order. Like all watches with an unknown service history and untested water tightness, a service would be recommended.
However, just to give an idea about its accuracy, I've measured it for a 24 hour period (for indication only, accuracy varies depending on many factors: position, temperature, spring tension, shocks, magnetic fields, etc.) it has lost approx. 30 seconds .
The chronograph functions flawlessly, the hands reset to zero (the bottom 12 hour counter hand is very slightly off-centre, maybe by 0.1mm).
Time and date adjusting is nice and smooth, the crown screws in and out, and clicks into positions as it should.
The bezel rotates as new, crisp clicking noise all the way round. It has a play at around 0.5mm, which is considered normal.
Truly amazing condition, the pictures are not even close to how beautiful the watch is when held in hand.
While the case has been professionally polished recently, the eagle-eyed observer will be able to spot few faint scratches on the case, caseback and the bezel, but one will have to look very closely to see them. There are one or two very shallow, hardly noticeable dents on the case. No big scratches, dings or dents.
The original dial is absolutely spotless. The inner 360 degree longitude scale ring has very-very minor loss of paint on the upper edges which appears to have been repainted. This is only visible under magnification and only when you know specifically what you're looking for, as it's mostly hidden underneath the bezel.
T he sapphire-crystal is immaculate. Only the anti-reflective coating has very few faint scratches that are only visible in certain light conditions and on close inspection.
The original hour and minute hands appear to have been re-lumed.
The leatherette inner presentation box is in good overall condition, with less than typical wear that's limited to the edges and the bottom. The outer box is in good condition, one corner is slightly pressed. The inside has bits of the inner box stuck on it.
Both straps are brand new & unworn, have only been used while the photos were taken.
For more details, please refer to the pictures, they form part of the description.
What’s included the sale :
· Original Breitling Chronomat A20048 watch
· Original Breitling inner leatherette & outer cardboard box
· Original Breitling stainless steel buckle
· Original Breitling Authorized distributors list booklet & holder
· Black calf leather strap with red stitching (213mm combined circumference with the watch)
· Stainless steel mesh bracelet (not Breitling) (215mm combined circumference with the watch)
e B a y stuff:
· All photos are of the actual watch, made by myself
· Please only bid if you intend to buy! Please no scams, I know all the tricks of the trade, been around for 15+ years
· The lucky winner is to leave PayPal payment within 24 hours from the end of the auction
· I dispatch the package via Royal Mail within 1 working day from cleared payment, insured up to the full value.
· International shipments via the eBay international shipping programme
· Overseas buyers are responsible for all customs, taxes & duties that might emerge
· Collection welcome (from Old Windsor, UK)
· Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask