Breitling Premier Ref 790 1940s 35mm Venus 175 Manual Chronograph 'T-250' SteelBreitling
For auction is a 1940s Breitling Ref 790 35mm Venus 175 manual winding chronograph with silver patina dial and unusual/mysterious caseback engraving: T-250. 1940's Breitling are generally a performance bargain; they can usually be found for a relatively good deal, at least in comparison to other similarly situated watches. This ref. 790 is a great example: it has pump pushers, a good quality column wheel movement, nice size, a handsome dial, a screw back case back and what is likely a war time usage based on the engraving. Were it to be another big name brand it could be 2-3x what this watch will go for. As such it represents a relative bargain. The only thing to note on it is that the bridge is unsigned; while it should be signed Breitling this watch very well could be totally original...so many times with vintage watches there are mysteries surrounding various aspects that will never get solved.
Ref #: 790
Diameter: 35 mm w/out crown, 38 mm w/crown, 44 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 18 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 18 mm strap)
Height: 12 mm
Power-reserve: 32 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 47 grams
Movement: Breitling (but unsigned bridge) Venus 175 column wheel two register
Strap/Bracelet: Welsbro Avocado green pebbled made in Italy strap
Case: Stainless steel with fixed beveled bezel, long beveled brushed and polished lugs, original crown and pushers, screw down caseback with T-250 engraving
Dial: Silver/Ardoise showing an even patina of age related marks, applied radium arabic numerals and syringe hands showing a nice patina
Condition: 80% (8.0 of 10): dial has a pleasing patina and is in a generally better condition than most 790's are seen in, case shows its years of wear but is unpolished, working correctly
Box/Papers: Watch only
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