Rare vintage Ref. 2105 Breitling Chrono-Matic Superocean
Model: Chrono-Matic Superocean
Movement: 17j Automatic Cal. 11 movement
Case: 48mm stainless steel with black Bakelite rotating bezel in mint condition
Dial: black matte with tritium square and baton indices, 15-minute and 6-hour registers, tritium-coated orange hands, date aperture at six o'clock
Breitling SA, established in 1884 by Léon Breitling, has long been distinguished by their chronographs. Already well-established in this complication by the 1950s, Breitling introduced the SuperOcean line in 1957, intending it to be used both as a recreational dive watch and as a regatta timer. In 1969, Breitling--along with Buren, Leonidas, and Heuer--raced to develop the first automatic chronograph movement. The result--the famed caliber 11 movement--is what beats inside this watch, the Chrono-Matic SuperOcean. Due to the winding system of the movement, the crown had to be relocated to the nine o'clock position, leaving the chronograph pushers at two o'clock and four o'clock.
That alone is what sets this watch apart and makes it highly collectible. But what also distinguishes this watch is its testament to late-1960s aesthetics. From the square and baton indices on the dial to the Bakelite bezel, this watch is full of retro touches, in a stainless steel case whose 48mm size would make it attractive to the modern collector.