Breitling Superocean 'Slow Counting' Chronograph

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$16,500
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$16,500
REF 2005
Manual-winding
42 MM
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SKU AS08702
Article Number 40940075
ref 2005
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 22 MM
Includes Vintage Tropic® black textured rubber strap with steel pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing signs of light professional refinishing and light wear from age and use. Matte black Tritium dial with white outer minute track and operation aperture at 6:00 is in fantastic condition showing even patination to Tritium elements with matching handset. Unsigned crown.
REF 2005
Manual-winding
42 MM
– Show less
SKU AS08702
Article Number 40940075
ref 2005
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 22 MM
Includes Vintage Tropic® black textured rubber strap with steel pin buckle.
overall condition The case is in very good condition overall showing signs of light professional refinishing and light wear from age and use. Matte black Tritium dial with white outer minute track and operation aperture at 6:00 is in fantastic condition showing even patination to Tritium elements with matching handset. Unsigned crown.

Why We Love it

There is perhaps no more versatile complication than the chronograph. 

From race cars to rocket ships, boats to battlefields, you are likely to find a chronograph being employed to measure a plethora of tasks and times. From the Greek khrónos (“time) and gráphō (“to write”), a chronograph is a watch that has the ability to record time, generally via the addition of small sub-counters that register minutes and hours. 

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. 

This piece, however, a Superocean 'slow counting' chronograph, has developed a cult following amongst collectors of vintage watches, and rightfully so!

Most nautical Chronographs inhabit a strange space on the vintage timepiece spectrum. Most divers rely on a rotating bezel to calculate how much time is remaining for their dive. Topside timepieces, like Heuer's Skipper models and various yacht timers often utilize small, hard-to-read chrono subdials which are sub-optimal in choppy conditions.  Thus, the notion of developing a chronograph--most usually employed in the fields of aviation or racing--with a highly legible central minute hand was genius. 

Released in 1965, the Reference 2005 replaced the earlier Superocean references released in the 1950s--the Reference 1004 (which did not feature a chronograph) and the chronograph Reference 807.

What makes this such a special piece is the functionality and layout of the chronograph feature: a minutes-only counter with a large, luminous central sweep hand.  Because it only counts minutes, it is difficult to know whether or not it is running with just a glance. 

To solve this problem, the dial features a circular aperture just about the 6:00 position.  When the chronograph isn't activated, this circle appears black and blends in with the rest of the dial. When engaged, the window turns white (now a more patinated, creamy white) to indicate to the wearer that the function is operating. And when stopped, a smaller dot appears, which reverts to black when reset.

Additional features include a 42mm stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal, a bidirectional rotating timing bezel with a Tritium pip at 12:00, an oversized crown and pushers, and a period black Tropic® rubber strap with a steel pin buckle.

The Reference 2005 is one of the most desirable vintage Breitlings ever produced, an unbelievably rare find on the market. In fact, it's so rare that this is only the fifth we've been able to offer in our 11 years of operation.

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.

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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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Breitling Superocean 'Slow Counting' Chronograph

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Regular price
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