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Breitling

Chronomat, Ref. 769 Pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial Circa 1945 | 百年靈 769型號「Chronomat」粉紅金計時腕錶,年份約1945

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

5,000 - 10,000 CHF

Property from a distinguished Texan collector

Breitling

Breitling

Chronomat, Ref. 769 Pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial Circa 1945 | 百年靈 769型號「Chronomat」粉紅金計時腕錶,年份約1945

Chronomat, Ref. 769 Pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial Circa 1945 | 百年靈 769型號「Chronomat」粉紅金計時腕錶,年份約1945

Estimate:

5,000 - 10,000 CHF

Lot sold:

10,080

CHF

Property from a distinguished Texan collector

Breitling

Chronomat, Ref. 769

Pink gold chronograph wristwatch with two-tone dial

Circa 1945

百年靈 769型號「Chronomat」粉紅金計時腕錶,年份約1945


Dial: silvered, two-tone

Calibre: manual winding, 17 jewels

Case: 18k pink gold, snap-on back

Case number: 666'259

Dimensions: 36 mm

Signed: dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: no  

Accessories: Breitling presentation case

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the chronograph working.

CASE: in very good and attractive condition with extremely sharp edges and crisp numbers and hallmark. There is light surface wear visible with the naked eye, including fine scratches. There is also very minor oxidation visible to the case.

DIAL: in good and very attractive condition with fine surface blemishes visible with the naked eye. The luminous material has aged evenly with some fine black spotting and shows a uniform reaction under UV light, fading right after exposure.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

The integrated slide-rule function has been an iconic design of Breitling’s aviation watches since 1942. Although best known as part of the Navitimer, it was actually the Chronomat that featured the first application of the calculating device. 

The name 'Chronomat' comes from the combination of the two words: chronograph (chrono) and mathematics (mat). The slide rule, at its simplest, is basically a mini-calculator on the watch, allowing the wearer to quickly go through various calculations by simply turning the bezel. The slide rule can determine anything from simple multiplication and division to measuring the distance of a climb or descent, both of which are very useful for a pilot.

The present example has been retained in very attractive condition with extremely sharp lugs and crisp engravings, as well as with a nicely preserved dial.