Breitling Genève, "Cosmonaute Chrono-Matic," with 24h-dial Ref. 1809. Made in the 1970's. Fine and large, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, telemeter, sliderule and date, winding crown at 9 and the chronograph push-buttons at 2 and 4 o'clock. Accompanied by an original warranty, instruction manual and the original box.
Case: Three-body, polished, nudged black bezel, screwed-down case back, lapidated lugs.
Dial: Bicolor black and silver with painted luminous Arabic numerals in 24 hour graduation, subsidiary 30-minute and 12-hour register dials, outer graduation for the minutes, the telemeter and the slide-rule, aperture for the date. Luminous red hands.
Manual: Cal. 112, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, blued steel flat balance spring, micro-rotor.
Dial, case and movement signed.
Diameter: 48 mm. Thickness: 15 mm
Original box, warranty, manual and strap.
1968 saw a completely new design of Navitimer, as the taste for larger watches dominated the industry. The resulting reference for the Cosmonaute, the 819, was given the affectionate nickname "pizza." At an impressive 48mm, this was the first of the "big case" Navitimers, the second being its automatic successor the reference 1809 (referred to as the "fried egg") which is the above watch. That watch was fitted with the first automatic chronograph movement; the famed Calibre 11. The calibre was a joint venture between Breitling and Heuer and is now considered as important as the Zenith El Primero among watch collectors.
These Breitling Chrono-matic were made in rather small quantities between 1969 and 1974, while all of them were chronographs they were made in a multitude of variations. Each variation had a specific usage for navigation on Air, Sea, Space or Land. Today they make great collector's watches. This is a rare opportunity to grab one in New old stock condition. Grab them while you can!