In a market full of so-called 'special' and 'limited' edition timepieces, it becomes easy to become rather jaded and dismissive of the nomenclature; particularly when you've been collecting wristwatches as long as we have. But a few really hit it out of the park.
Such is the case with this as-new Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk Edition from the current Breitling collection. Paying tribute to one of the most iconic warplanes of the Second World War, this wristwatch features a certified chronometer time and date movement, DLC-coated steel case, olive drab toned dial and strap, and a wickedly cool caseback engraving bearing the Curtiss logo and a depiction of the Flying Tiger's chariot of choice.
Virtually unworn with its full kit and factory warranty, this is a great opportunity to get a great deal on a stunning current collection Breitling with great design language and history!
The Breitling Story
Breitling was founded in 1892, and while still around today, the company is no longer in the hands of the Breitling family.
The late 1970s was a turbulent time for the Swiss watch industry, and many storied houses were swept away by the Quartz Crisis. By 1978, Breitling was in trouble due to the illness of its leader, Willy Breitling, and the steep decline in sales that had cut through the entire industry. Unable to keep operations going, the Breitling company was liquidated, and parts, toolings and naming rights were sold off. One of the best aviation watch companies was no more, but they left behind a large range of incredible watches.
Breitling has been surprisingly slow to catch fire with vintage collectors, especially since the history of the brand and their ties to aviation are unimpeachable. Sure, many of their watches have polarizing designs and complicated dial aesthetics (hell, we don't know how to use the slide rule feature on the Navitimer 806 any better than you do), but their cleaner designs embody the best of 1960s and 1970s chronograph design and shouldn’t be overlooked.
If we had our druthers, Breitling would be one of the top dogs in the world of vintage watches, and given a strong new direction for the company today, we’re confident that in time, they will be.
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