Breitling Chrono-matic GMT Special Edition for Iraqui Air-Force.
In March 1969 was the day that Breitling, Heuer, Hamilton, Buren and Dubois-Depraz announced they had developed and built the world’s first automatic winding chronograph movement – the Caliber 11 which is the movement inside this watch.
This watch is from circa 1970, which is a good thing because the first production run of Caliber 11 movements was fraught with problems, which the engineers resolved quickly. This movement runs flawlessly.
If you want a vintage watch with wrist presence and rare, this is the watch. This wristwatch is a Iraqi Special Airforce limited edition, very rare. The condition of this watch is original and mint+. Take a look at the exploded diagram of the Caliber 11. It’s the first and only automatic chronograph movement I have ever seen where the rotor is hidden beneath the chronograph plate. You can hear it, but you can’t see it.
Case is 48mm of never polished never diminished stainless steel with large steel screw-on case back. Bezel is blackened and turns, moving the inner two-color bezel, so the GMT hand can track a second timezone. Crown is at 9 o’clock while the two pump-style chronograph pushers are on the right side of the case. Huge domed acrylic crystal and signed crown. Thickness is 15.6mm.
The Dial is original, and the hands are original, the highlights of this watch. Hands are giant orange while the 24 hour GMT hand is yellow. Two register chronograph set up with 30 minute totalizer near 3 o’clock while the 12 hour totalizer is next to 9 o’clock. Both chronograph subdial hands jump to their next position (versus move slowly). Date window above 6 o’clock with all-red numbers.
Overall great condition for this nicely aged watch.
Rare & Collector Vintage Watch.
Price on request.