Breitling 'Long Playing' Chronograph

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REF 820-4
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42 MM
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SKU AS05385
ref 820-4
case size 42 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Champagne
material Gold Plated
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18
Includes Includes black perforated calf ‘Rallye’ strap with gold plated pin buckle.
REF 820-4
Manual
42 MM
+ View all
SKU AS05385
ref 820-4
case size 42 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Champagne
material Gold Plated
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Includes black perforated calf ‘Rallye’ strap with gold plated pin buckle.

Why We Love it

When it comes to collecting vintage chronographs, Breitling can be somewhat polarizing. Best known for their Navitimer line of aviation watches, some collectors can find their dials to be too hectic and difficult to read for daily wear. As a result, we feel that Breitling’s chronographs get swept under the table all together. 

We'd like to change that, and this 'Long Playing' model, is one of the best ways we know how!

This particular piece, a Reference 820-4, dates to circa 1970, and remains in virtually new old stock (NOS) condition. It features a 42mm gold-plated cushion case, a gorgeous sunburst champagne Tritium dial with a matching handset, a tasteful tachymeter scale on the outer dial, and the venerable Valjoux 7736 hand-cranking chronograph movement within. Fitted to a perforated Raylle style strap, this one's both a stunner and a performer. It even retains its factory caseback sticker!

With sharp looks and a very period-style, it's not hard to see why these 1970s cushion-cased chronographs are developing a cult following.

These are wonderful timepieces that represent just about everything that we love about vintage and are overlooked by many, but absolutely should not be by you.

Overall Condition

Case is in outstanding, virtually unworn NOS condition showing only faint wear from careful handling. Sunburst ‘champagne’ Tritium dial is in fantastic condition throughout with matching handset. Factory caseback sticker intact. Signed crown.

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.

Make it yours will fit standard 18mm watches

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Breitling 'Long Playing' Chronograph

Breitling 'Long Playing' Chronograph

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Breitling 'Long Playing' Chronograph

Why We Love it

When it comes to collecting vintage chronographs, Breitling can be somewhat polarizing. Best known for their Navitimer line of aviation watches, some collectors can find their dials to be too hectic and difficult to read for daily wear. As a result, we feel that Breitling’s chronographs get swept under the table all together. 

We'd like to change that, and this 'Long Playing' model, is one of the best ways we know how!

This particular piece, a Reference 820-4, dates to circa 1970, and remains in virtually new old stock (NOS) condition. It features a 42mm gold-plated cushion case, a gorgeous sunburst champagne Tritium dial with a matching handset, a tasteful tachymeter scale on the outer dial, and the venerable Valjoux 7736 hand-cranking chronograph movement within. Fitted to a perforated Raylle style strap, this one's both a stunner and a performer. It even retains its factory caseback sticker!

With sharp looks and a very period-style, it's not hard to see why these 1970s cushion-cased chronographs are developing a cult following.

These are wonderful timepieces that represent just about everything that we love about vintage and are overlooked by many, but absolutely should not be by you.

Overall Condition

Case is in outstanding, virtually unworn NOS condition showing only faint wear from careful handling. Sunburst ‘champagne’ Tritium dial is in fantastic condition throughout with matching handset. Factory caseback sticker intact. Signed crown.

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

+

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

+

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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