The pantheon of great watches is filled with names we all recognize.
The Omega Speedmaster, the Rolex Daytona, the Heuer Carrera, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Patek Philippe Nautilus all have earned a spot in horological Valhalla. For Breitling, the most revered model is easily the Navitimer, the pilot’s chronograph that has become synonymous with aviation and has enjoyed an impressively long production run, despite numerous aesthetic and mechanical changes.
But the Navitimer owes its success to the inroads made by its predecessor, the Chronomat. Where the first Navitimers were produced in 42mm, the Chronomat was built around a sleek 36mm steel case, making it far more comfortable on the wrist. Further, with its white dial with red accents, the watch is as fetching as it is a joy to wear.
But despite its good looks and a very interesting history, the Chronomat hasn’t climbed into the clouds just yet. And while fans of this handsome chrono might bemoan its lack of fame, this has kept it off the radar of collectors, making it a compelling option for any fan of Breitling’s distinct aviator watches.
This particular Chronomat from the 1950s features a 36mm rose gold case, a domed acrylic crystal, an unsigned service crown, square pushers, a silver and black multi-one dial with recessed sub-registers, a red central decimal scale, and a matching pencil handset. Powered by the classic Venus 175 manually wound chronograph movement with column wheel, it comes fitted to a mustard-colored, suede leather strap with a plated pin buckle.
In excellent condition throughout and featuring a compelling dial design, this Chronomat is one of the finest examples of mid-century chronographs we’ve come across.
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