SOLD Breitling Chronomatic, model number 2111 dating from the mid 1970s.


Breitling Chronomatic, model number 2111 dating from the mid 1970s

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Breitling Chronomatic, model 2111, case number 1329029

The dial is high gloss dark grey with applied faceted steel hour batons for the indices, which have tritium blocks at their periphery. Like all cal 12 versions it has a date window at the 6 position and does not have a continuous seconds hand. It has a 12 hour counter at the 9 position and a 30 minute counter at the 3 position. Both the sweep seconds hand and the 30 min counter hand are bright orange for immediate visibility, whilst the hour & minute hands are also large emergency orange batons with luminous inserts. The dial is most unusual in that it has both tachymeter and pulsations marks on the outer track.

The movement is the famed Breitling/Heuer-Leonidas/Hamilton-Buren calibre 12, the world’s first automatic chronograph. The movement has 17 jewels, Incabloc shock protection, and a fine regulation for the regulator. It is powered by a micro-rotor and was the first modular chronograph movement, where the chronograph mechanism was on a separate plate to the time module, which simplified servicing greatly. Like all calibre 12 powered watches this one has the winding crown at the 9 position.

About ten years after Breitling went bankrupt in the mid 1970s a large number of New Old Stock Breitlings appeared on the secondary market, my gut feeling is that this was one of them. The condition of the case, dial & movement is phenomenal for a 40 year old watch.

The dial is 95%+, whilst the case & movement are also both 95%+.
It measures 38mm diam, 41mm lug to lug and 14mm high it takes a 20 mm strap and a new black leather one with original Breitling steel buckle is fitted.