Lot 23
  • 23


2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • stainless steel
  • diameter 42 mm, bracelet circumference approx.160 mm
• cal. 178 manual winding lever movement, 17 jewels • black dial, luminescent Arabic numerals and square indexes in 24 hours, outer minute and 1/5 seconds divisions, black subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer graduation for the slide rule and the telemeter scale • stainless steel case, beads of rice bezel, bi-directional slide rule, snap-on back • case, dial and movement signed • with a modern stainless steel Breitling mesh bracelet and locking folding clasp


The movement and the chronograph is running at time of cataloguing. The dial is in good condition, the luminescent hands, numerals and indexes are not luminous anymore. The case has minor scratches and scuffs, it has likely been polished though so it is in a good condition. The bracelet has scuffs and scratches throughout which is consistent with use. The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by Breitling service paperwork, 6 spare bracelet links and service case. A wonderful example of a vintage Breitling, the Navitimer Cosmonaute above, is distinguished by its all black 24-hour dial and the wings of the AOPA (The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association). A Cosmonaute, 24-hour dial Navitimer was worn by Lieutenant Commander Scott Carpenter while orbiting the Earth for NASA's Mercury mission in 1962.