The still FACTORY ORIGINAL (non-refurbished) dial has patina matching its age. The crystal is in immaculate, scratch-free, condition. The case has slight signs of wear but retains much of the original case material and finishing, and fullness and beveling of the lugs. Please consider the pictures as well as the age of the watch.
Last service in 2019. The watch movement runs perfectly and all functions work perfectly as well.
Breitling may today be associated with big and bold wristwatches, but behind the bravado and style of the brand lies true watchmaking heritage. In the early 20th century, Breitling was a pioneer of the chronograph complication, giving the world the first chronograph with a mono-pusher at 2:00 in 1915, followed by the first chronograph with the classic dual-pusher layout (at 2:00 and 4:00) patented in 1934. The Ref. 734 was, as far as we know today, one of the first dual-pusher Breitling aviation
chronographs, developed soon after Willy Breitling took over the company in 1932. The Premier name was not featured on the earliest of the Ref. 734 watches but later became associated with the brand’s more upscale chronograph offerings. 1943. The decision to use the French word for “first” for this collection was no accident, as this was in reference to the first civilian (non-military) use of chronographs. This marked a turning point, when instead of relying on innovation, elegance and attention to detail were emphasized: the Premier was to be a genteel watch for sophisticated company. The watch we are offering here highlights why the Premier is such a sought-after vintage piece. First, the case, at 37mm, was large for its time and even for modern sensibilities this size feels contemporary. Secondly, the movement inside is the legendary Venus 178, a column-wheel actuated manual-wind chronograph caliber that is one of the finest from the golden age of chronographs. The original, unrefurbished dial has patinaed evenly and exhibits a light pumpkin orange. The hands are original, blued steel and have, over the course of time, lost their luminous material. Though the term “sharp” is thrown around in vintage watch circles more than in should, we think this example deserves the adjective! The case is crisp and the full lugs still have an even bevel. The chronograph pushers and case flanks still show the original longitudinal brushed finish, as does the caseback. The caseback engraving of the reference and case number are deep and show no noticeable wear. This watch has it both: history, and unbeatable character!