Breitling 1809 Cosmonaute Chrono-Matic
- Calibre 14 automatic chronograph movement with 24 indication and date window at 6.
- 17 jewels, 21600 A/h, 42 hours of power reserve.
- Steel case case with screw-down caseback in great condition.
- 48 mm (without crown) / 48 mm (lug-to-lug) / 16 mm (thick) / 22 mm (between lugs).
- Original Breitling signed winding crown.
- Acrylic crystal in great condition with a small dent at 6.
- Serial number 1442XXX dates this watch to 1976.
- Black leather strap with contrasting orange stitching in excellent condition with steel buckle.
- Original and extremely well preserved reverse panda dial with tritium markers.
- Two registers for chronograph 30 minute counter and 12 hour counter.
- Date window at 6.
- Original hours and minutes hands. Original orange chronograph seconds hand.
- Multiple scales on dial and slide rule bezel for flight calculations.
A bit of history about the Breitling 1809 Cosmonaute Chrono-Matic (excerpt from Man’s Fine Life)
At 47mm x 47mm the Breitling 1809 and its standard Navitimer brother, the 1806, were the original inspirations for Breitling’s modern-era oversize watches. A true 24-hour watch, the 1809’s hands circle the dial once every 24-hours as opposed to the common once-every-12-hours standard. So when the watch is showing what we normally think of as 6 o’clock it is really indicating Noon. Designed with military time in mind, it takes some getting used to and this way of telling time is certainly not for everyone, as one has to relearn how to read a watch essentially. This limited appeal accounts for the somewhat small production of Cosmonautes over the years, as you can generally find about 10 Navitimers for every one vintage Cosmo.
With its complicated slide rule “computer” calibrations beautifully printed in gilt on the glossy black dial, heavy luminous numerals and bars and the handsome fluorescent orange luminous-filled faceted “paddle” hands, this layout is arguably one of the most appealing Breitling ever came up with. Add to it the red date at “6”, bright silver chrono subdials with their eccentric counter hands and the rotating anodized black serrated slide rule bezel and this Cosmo is a peak chronograph concept from a time when watch companies were still design innovators.
Powering this big beauty is the Chronomatic caliber 14 (for Breitling, the cal. 14 indicates a 24-hour or GMT complication), one of multiple variations of the pioneering automatic chronograph jointly developed in the late 1960s by Heuer, Breitling, Buren and Dubois-Depraz and consisting of grafting a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module onto an ultra-thin microrotor Buren movement.
When will I receive my new vintage watch?
We try to dispatch every order as soon as possible, but in some cases it can take us up to 48 hours to prepare your goods for shipment. Unless otherwise instructed by you, we will ship your watch with the Spanish Postal Service (link) and we’ll provide you with a tracking reference as soon as the package is delivered at the Post Office. The average shipment within the EU will take approximately 6 working days.
Is the shipment insured?
Yes. Shipping cost includes insurance equivalent to the price you paid for the watch. It does not include shipping costs.
How can shipping costs be the same when the value of the watches differ?
We take charge of the difference between the cost of the insurance and what we charge you. We calculate shipping costs based on a very low insurance value so we can offer you a simple checkout process. The remaining cost of insurance is deducted from our margin.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, bank wire transfers and Paypal. We rely on Paypal’s secure and trust-worthy platform to manage all credit card payments.
Can I use my new vintage watch as an everyday wearer?
Sure. We only sell watches that are in full-working condition. However you must bear in mind that these are vintage pieces that may be 40, 50 or 70 years old. You can enjoy your new watch regularly under everyday life conditions. We do not recommend wearing your new vintage watch while performing sports or intense physical activities. Also, we cannot guarantee waterproofness in this kind of watches.
Where do you source the watches you sell?
In the land of the magic Unicorns, where everything is joy and bliss. No, seriously, we find most of our pieces at local auctions and flea markets. Some times we discover exceptional watches for sale at specialized forums. Occasionally, they come to us through their former owners who just want to sell them. In the end, we try to bring the most attractive and singular vintage watches to you.
Shipping & Payments
All orders are shipped using Spain’s Post service. You will be provided with a tracking reference number once your order has been shipped. Goods are duly packed and protected to prevent damages.
Please be aware that we may need up to 48 hours to dispatch your orders if they are placed on weekdays. No dispatch on weekends and holidays.
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