Introduced in 1983 in response to the Italian Air Force’s famed “Tricolori” aerial demonstration squadron’s need for a new, technologically advanced chronograph, Breitling answered the call with the Chronomat. For almost 50 years, the Chronomat has offered two design features that make it unique. The first, are the four “rider tabs” at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Added to create protective space between the bezel and glass to prevent damage, the 3 and 9 o’clock tabs can be cleverly unscrewed, reversed, and reattached to provide countdown functionality.
Today’s gorgeous example features an 18kt bezel atop the stainless steel case giving this watch a gorgeous two-tone appearance. The blue dial is accented by gold outlined subdials while the 3 o’clock date window balances the myriad features across the watch face. The unidirectional bezel turns with a satisfying click.
This item is in fair pre-owned condition with wear to the case. The original leather strap shows signs of regular wear including tarnishment on the pin buckle. See photos.