Breitling B-1 W/ UTC

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$3,200
Regular price
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$3,200
REF A68362/A70174
Automatic-winding
43 MM
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SKU AS08868
Article Number 40940080
ref A68362/A70174
case size 43 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Aviator
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 22 MM
Includes Stainless steel 'slant-link' bracelet with signed fliplock clasp. Also includes inner and outer boxes, books, COSC hangtag, punched chronometer papers, and punched papers.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous black dial with two digital displays and outer scales is in as-new condition with matching handset. Unsigned pusher crown. Additional bracelet-integrated 24-hr dial is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF A68362/A70174
Automatic-winding
43 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08868
Article Number 40940080
ref A68362/A70174
case size 43 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Aviator
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 22 MM
Includes Stainless steel 'slant-link' bracelet with signed fliplock clasp. Also includes inner and outer boxes, books, COSC hangtag, punched chronometer papers, and punched papers.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous black dial with two digital displays and outer scales is in as-new condition with matching handset. Unsigned pusher crown. Additional bracelet-integrated 24-hr dial is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

Breitling’s milled-edge bezel and internal ‘slide-rule’ scale might be the brand’s single most recognizable feature.

But in 1985, Breitling introduced a new wave of watches dubbed the Aerospace featuring yet another signature design element the brand has become known for –– two LCD screens on the dial complimenting an innovative multi-function quartz chronograph movement.

Although the price has come up on neo-vintage examples, the Breitling Aerospace still offers up a ton of value.

This particular Breitling we have here, a Reference B-1 A68362, features some of the design elements that we just adore from the Aerospace, combined with a robust profile and an array of functions. It comes housed in a 43mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal, and features a fully-graduated, steel, rotating timing bezel, ‘pill’ shaped chronograph pushers and a signed crown. 

The luminous dial features oversized ‘Arabic’ cardinal hour numerals, a matching ‘sword’ handset and a dual-LCD negative display, which by the way, are night vision goggle compatible if you find yourself in the middle of an impromptu stealth mission. This piece also comes fitted with an A70174 steel bracelet that is equipped with an additional UTC module, a relatively new design cue from Breitling, and yet another eccentric visual trait added to the list. 

There’s not much the Breitling Calibre 78 multi-function quartz movement can’t do. It packs in a host of features including two alarm functions, two time zones, a 24/12 hr display, a perpetual calendar, day/date/month display, night vision, 24 hr UTC mode, and of course, chronograph timers.

If you’ve been on the hunt for an indestructible, robust tool watch, then look no further than this Breitling B-1. 

Brand Story

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Breitling, one of the most illustrious names in the annals of the “tool watch,” was founded by Léon Breitling in 1892. And though the firm is no longer operated by its namesake family, it still produces some of the world’s best pilot’s watches, many of which now feature in-house movements.

The company first started manufacturing wrist chronographs as early as the 1930s. In 1936 they became an official supplier to military forces of the United Kingdom and Canada. While perhaps best known for the Navitimer and Chronomat lines — which were used heavily by pilots of many nations — Breitling also produced scores of other chronograph models that merit consideration, such as the more affordable Top Time and Premier. Dive watches, such as the Super Ocean, are also part of the company’s offerings.

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 company was liquidated, and parts, toolings and naming rights were sold off.
Between 1979 and 2017, Breitling continued under the ownership of the Schneider family. In 2017 an 80% stake in the firm was sold to a British private equity firm, with the remaining 20% sold in 2018. In 2019, the company released the caliber B01, an in-house, automatic chronograph movement that’s since found its way into the Chronomat and Navitimer collections, bringing the tale of this famed manufacturer full circle.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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