Breitling Vintage Chronograph 765 AVI MK1 1953
An Extremely Rare and Coveted First Series Vintage Chronograph
Original, black radium dial, white syringe radium hands
Stainless steel watch case with screwdown caseback, serial: 827833
High grade, manual wind movement, calibre Venus 178, 17 jewels
New, handmade Italian, black pigskin leather strap
Overall, the watch is in very good condition. Dial and hands appear to be in very good condition. Both retain original radium, responding to the geiger counter. The watch case appears to be unpolished, with clean chamfers. The bezel is in very good condition. The watch was just serviced by our watchmaker, thus all intact, in perfect running condition, keeping accurate time. (330°; +8s/d). The watch was acquired from a collector in Saarbrücken, Germany.
To our best knowledge not one MK1 from 1953 was publicly offered for sale in the last couple of years. The watch shows an engraving of ‘414’ on the caseback. According to the website www.vintage-breitling.com, by a renowned Breitling collector, only approx. 450 pieces were made in this configuration. The 3 digit engraving points to an Italian military background! The watch as well as the serial number are listed in the guide on the website. Make no mistake, this is a truly rare watch! Such an important watch for Breitling history, so they have decided to reissue the model in the beginning of 2020.