Breitling Top Time Reference 2003

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SKU AS00784
SKU AS00784

Why We Love it

Rolex: Submariner, as Breitling: Navitimer, as Omega: Speedmaster. This SAT-style analogy (if the real test was like this we wouldn’t have had to become watch dealers!) may describe the best-known models from the three brands, but as you know, there’s so much more to Rolex than just the Sub, just like there are so many great Omegas out there besides the Speedy Pro. Now let’s talk about vintage Breitling.

When it comes to collecting vintage chronographs, Breitling can be a polarizing brand. Generally known for their Navitimer aviation computer watches, many find their dial designs hectic and difficult to read for daily wear. While those pieces are indisputably cool, they are indeed a lot to take in, and as a result Breitling doesn't always get the same appreciation as some of their contemporary counterparts. We'd like to change that. Exhibit A: 

The Breitling Top Time line was created in the 1950s as a simpler line of chronographs for more basic tasks then timing an orbital burn (you know, like driving a car in circles or making dinner). The Top Time came in a variety of case, dial and movement configurations, but they all had a clean and classic vintage chronograph style that is reminiscent of a Heuer Carrera or Rolex Daytona while maintaining it’s own identity.

This reference 2003 falls on the dressier end of the Top Time spectrum with its gold-plated steel case and silver dial, featuring gold hands and hour markers. While still a sports watch, the watch dresses up well and is a fantastic option for those of us who still like to wear a chronograph with a suit. With a comfortable 36mm case and Venus manual-winding movement, the Top Time checks all of our boxes for a vintage chrono, and it’s only a matter of time before Top Times are as popular as their Heuer and Omega contemporaries.

Let’s not forget that a Top Time was Bond’s choice in Thunderball, and you can learn more about that one over at Hodinkee HERE.

 

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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.

Breitling Top Time Reference 2003

Breitling Top Time Reference 2003

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Breitling Top Time Reference 2003

Why We Love it

Rolex: Submariner, as Breitling: Navitimer, as Omega: Speedmaster. This SAT-style analogy (if the real test was like this we wouldn’t have had to become watch dealers!) may describe the best-known models from the three brands, but as you know, there’s so much more to Rolex than just the Sub, just like there are so many great Omegas out there besides the Speedy Pro. Now let’s talk about vintage Breitling.

When it comes to collecting vintage chronographs, Breitling can be a polarizing brand. Generally known for their Navitimer aviation computer watches, many find their dial designs hectic and difficult to read for daily wear. While those pieces are indisputably cool, they are indeed a lot to take in, and as a result Breitling doesn't always get the same appreciation as some of their contemporary counterparts. We'd like to change that. Exhibit A: 

The Breitling Top Time line was created in the 1950s as a simpler line of chronographs for more basic tasks then timing an orbital burn (you know, like driving a car in circles or making dinner). The Top Time came in a variety of case, dial and movement configurations, but they all had a clean and classic vintage chronograph style that is reminiscent of a Heuer Carrera or Rolex Daytona while maintaining it’s own identity.

This reference 2003 falls on the dressier end of the Top Time spectrum with its gold-plated steel case and silver dial, featuring gold hands and hour markers. While still a sports watch, the watch dresses up well and is a fantastic option for those of us who still like to wear a chronograph with a suit. With a comfortable 36mm case and Venus manual-winding movement, the Top Time checks all of our boxes for a vintage chrono, and it’s only a matter of time before Top Times are as popular as their Heuer and Omega contemporaries.

Let’s not forget that a Top Time was Bond’s choice in Thunderball, and you can learn more about that one over at Hodinkee HERE.

 

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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