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  • Breitling 809 Cosmonaute

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    This is a rare Breitling 809 Cosmonaute from 1969 in excellent condition. The watch comes paired with a service box, instructions and some other amenities.

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    Breitling 809 Cosmonaute

    Movement:
    • Venus 178 manual winding pillar wheel chronograph movement with 24h display and 30 minute and 12 hour counters.
    • 17 jewels, 18000 A/h, 45 hours of power reserve.
    Case:
    • Stainless steel case in great condition, with clearly visible chamfers and all edges intact.
    • 40,5 mm (without crown) / 48 mm (lug-to-lug) / 14 mm (thick) / 22 mm (between lugs).
    • Original Breitling signed steel winding crown and pushers.
    • Acrylic crystal in great condition.
    • Rotating bezel with sliding calculations rule turns smoothly and retains original sharpness.
    Strap:
    • New vintage style tan leather strap with brushed steel buckle.
    Dial:
    • Original and flawless reverse panda black glossy dial with silver subdials and tritium markers.
    • Three registers for chronograph 30 minute and 12 hour counters, as well as running seconds.
    • Original white hours, minutes and chronograph seconds hands. Hours and minutes hands with lume inserts.
    • Original black subdial hands.
    • Beautifully aged homogenous lume on hour markers.
    A bit of history about the Breitling 809 Cosmonaute (extract from Fratello Watches)

    The history of the Breitling 809 Cosmonaute is one that perfectly mates with its aviation-inspired design. Breitling launched the Navitimer in 1954 and aviators – from commercial to those in the armed forces, heavily used this watch. In 1959, when NASA announced its initial lineup of astronauts for the space program, they chose from some of the USA’s best fighter and test pilots. Scott Carpenter was one of these and he apparently approached Breitling with a request: specifically, he asked for a Navitimer but with a 24-hour dial in order to aid accurate time telling in space. Breitling responded and they paired the dial with a modified Venus 178 – just as in the Navitimer – but geared to move the hour hand around the dial at half speed to correspond to 24-hours.

    The watch officially debuted in 1961 as the Cosmonaute (seemingly within the Navitimer line) and Carpenter famously – Breitling would go on to advertise the feat of the Cossie being the first watch on the wrist of an American astronaut– wore the watch on the Mercury-Aurora 7 program launch in 1962. Sadly, Carpenter submerged his arm in the ocean while floating in his capsule waiting for pickup and the watch was damaged and never seen again. NASA, of course, ended up choosing the Omega Speedmaster Professional as its official Moonwatch and it’s sad, but understandable, to note that the Cosmonaute was never considered due to its lack of water and pressure resistance. The Cosmonaute, however, lived on…

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    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.

     

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    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.

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    Shipping

    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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