Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph

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REF A1331212/BF78
Automatic
45 MM
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SKU AS04528
Article Number 40990220
ref A1331212/BF78
case size 45 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 22 MM
Includes Includes stainless steel mesh bracelet with signed locking deployant clasp. Also includes box, signed leather watch tube, books, punched papers, serialized warranty card, and COSC hangtag.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition throughout showing light signs of wear and use. Luminous satin black dial is in as-new condition with matching luminous handset. Signed crown.
REF A1331212/BF78
Automatic
45 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04528
Article Number 40990220
ref A1331212/BF78
case size 45 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 22 MM
Includes Includes stainless steel mesh bracelet with signed locking deployant clasp. Also includes box, signed leather watch tube, books, punched papers, serialized warranty card, and COSC hangtag.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition throughout showing light signs of wear and use. Luminous satin black dial is in as-new condition with matching luminous handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

Breitling has long been purveyor of chronographs to pilots, but in the 1950's, the popularity of dive watches like the Rolex Submariner and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms pushed Breitling to enter that race.

In 1957, Breitling released both a time-only dive watch, the SuperOcean Reference 1004, and a chronograph in the form of the Reference 807. These watches would be the start of a long lasting and ever evolving line of nautical watches loved by many.

The watch that you're looking at here is one of Breitling's contemporary takes on that original Reference 807 chronograph.

With its 45mm stainless steel case and matching mesh bracelet, this watch is surprisingly well balanced and proportioned for its size. Featuring a luminous satin black dial with matching broad arrow handset, a black ceramic rotating dive bezel, a chronograph complication with a date at 3:00, and of course - water resistance suitable for daily-wear and beyond, this watch packs a a big punch in both the function and the looks department. 

Furthermore, this watch comes with its box, leather watch tube, books, warranty card, punched papers, and COSC hangtag. This is a great opportunity to take an excellent contemporary Breitling for a spin!

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.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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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