Breitling 815 Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Few brands of vintage watches are as polarizing as Breitling.
With varied designs and complicated dial aesthetics, a vast majority of collectors simply don't know what to make of Breitling chronographs. When faced with the brand's modern offerings, particularly the popular Navitimer, one could be forgiven for dismissing their vintage offerings. But to do so would be to overlook some truly beautiful (and important) timepieces.
From the 1950s to 1970s, Breitling manufactured a range of timepieces with simple designs than the Navitimer. Watches such as the Super Ocean and this beauty, a Reference 815 chronograph, stand in stark contrast to their Navitimer/Cosmonaut brethren due to their sleek form-follows-function aesthetic and remind us why we shouldn't dismiss vintage Breilting as universally unwearable.
With a clean dial featuring a triple register layout and central chronograph sweep seconds hand, the 815 model is perhaps most distinguishable by its characteristic triple-register "panda" layout set inside its round, or barrel, case. While some examples were produced in plated cases with gold 'panda' dials, the steel configurations are much more sought after.
Powered by a Valjoux 7736, the 815 shares quality internals with numerous other brands of the era, including Clebar and Zodiac. There's no denying the simple sporting appeal of these chronographs, a fact which only recently was picked up on by collectors, making them infinitely desirable.
This particular example is a true survivor, with a crisp stainless steel case and an equally stunning dial. Coming complete with a box, this is one of the nicest examples we've come across.
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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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
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.
Breitling 815 Chronograph