BREITLING Chronomat Yachting Timer Ref 89150 40.5mm Swiss Valjoux Chronograph
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The history of the Breitling brand started in 1884.
Breitling had started with their 765 AVI Co-Pilot series already in 1953, and the brand added a first Yachting version (reference 765-Yachting-CP) in 1966, followed by a second one with a newly designed handset the next year. More versions followed in the years after: the slightly bigger reference 7650 Yachting (1969), later changed to reference 7660 (1970). All these models used a Venus cal. 178 movement.
In 1969 Breitling had also started with their ‘big case’ Chrono-Matic series with reference 7651, with an even by today’s standard huge diameter of 48 mm. Driven by a cal. Breitling 11 movement (that was developed together with Heuer, Hamilton-Büren and Dubois-Dépraz), one of the first automatic chronograph movements with a date window at 6 o’clock and the crown at 9 o’clock. And later there was also a reference 7652-Yachting version available, which again had the cal. Venus 178 movement.
All these Yachting versions have both a 15 minutes subdial, divided into 3 different coloured segments representing 5 minutes each, as well as a rotating bezel with a coloured 15 minute regatta scale.
Due to the quartz crisis in the 1970’s which has led to the extinction of mechanical watches, also Breitling did launch some models with a quartz movement. But that couldn’t keep the brand from getting into financial problems. And after Willy Breitling died in 1979 the company was sold to the industrialist Ernest Schneider. He renamed the company in 1982 in Breitling Montres SA, now located in Grenchen, Switzerland. In 1984 Breitling announced the rebirth of the mechanical chronograph by launching the famous Chronomat series, which has since become one of their leading models, using the Valjoux 7750 movement.
In 1989 the first Chronomat Yachting is launched, with the Valjoux 7750 movement (Breitling 13) modified with a 10 minute regatta countdown timer. Breitling describes this as ‘a 10 minute countdown aperture and double indication of the final minute before the start of the race‘, and has filed for this invention in several patents. You can download the Swiss patent CH676313B5.
Like the previous Chronomat with the moon phase complication, the Chronomat Yachting retains the same model reference 81950, and various versions of it are made until the mid 1990’s.
Model: Breitling Chronomat Yachting.
- Reference: 81950 1989 Chronomat Yachting. B13047, previous ref 81.950 also stamped on back 1990. A13047 ca 1991 Chronomat Yachting. A13048 1993/94 Chronomat Yachting. A13050 1995 Chronomat Yachting.
- Caliber: automatic Valjoux 7750 (Breitling 13) movement.
- Case size: Ø 40,5 mm / 14,7 mm.
- Year: 1989 up to 1995.
A very nice example with gorgeous White Dial. This Beauty comes with the Breitling box set & a Brand New Breitling Blue NATO Strap with Breitling buckle.
MODEL: Chronomat Yachting Timer Ref 89150
MOVEMENT: Swiss Automatic – Valjoux 7750
CASE: Stainless Steel with 18k Yellow Gold Chrono pushers
CROWN: Breitling 18k Yellow Gold Screw Down Crown
DIAL: Gorgeous White Dial
BEZEL: rotating diver With 18k Yellow Gold Rider Tabs
CONDITION: Pre-Owned – Very Good – Circa 1990 – Vintage
BOXES/PAPERS: Breitling Box Set, Additional NATO Strap & watch
WATER RESISTANCE: – 100m – Vintage not tested
STRAP/BRACELET: – 2 – Brand New Breitling Blue NATO strap with Breitling buckle & Additional 2 Piece Blue NATO with orange stripe and Steel buckle.
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