Another faithful recreation of a flawless vintage design, now in a form of the aviation-inspired chronograph with a 12-hour bidirectional bezel.
After successfully resurrecting the Navitimer Ref. 806 last year, the guys at Breitling decided to browse their catalogue for a different vintage chronograph. And the AVI Ref. 765 ‘Co-Pilot’ originally produced in 1953 seems to tick all the right boxes. Coming in 41.1-mm case with domed hesalite crystal and artificially aged lume, this watch definitely makes a statement of its retro aesthetics. The bidirectional bezel with a 12-hour scale can act as a second time zone, while the classical three-eye layout with a 15-minute counter at 3, 12-hour counter at 6, and small seconds at 9 is perfectly emphasized by the absence of three upper-mentioned numerals.
The in-house manually-wound caliber B09 beating at 4Hz is officially chronometer-certified by COSC. A solid caseback leaves us no chance for seeing this column wheel and vertical clutch movement in action, however the power reserve of that very action is quite comfortable – 70 hours. Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition ‘Co-Pilot’ is available in three limited editions: 1953 pieces in steel with a black dial and a black leather strap, 253 pieces in red gold with a black dial and a brown leather strap, and finally, 153 pieces in platinum with a blue dial and a gold-colored leather strap. The price is CHF 7,900, CHF 21,000, and CHF 39,000 respectively.
Feb. 19, 2020