If you glance back at the watches presented back in 2019, one obviously made some commotion when presented at Baselworld… And for valid justifications. Its name? The Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re‑Edition . The reason for its prosperity? Being a super unwavering re-edition of one of Breitling’s most notorious watches. Having the ingredients for an alluring watch in their grasp, the group at Breitling applies a similar recipe to another of the brand’s amazing chronographs, with another (and equitably very shocking) vintage-inspired model. Meet the Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition.
Background, the AVI 765 Co-Pilot Series
Before we move to the subtleties of the new model, we need to revisit the vintage Breitling 765 AVI Co-Pilot Series of watches. What’s more, for the individuals who really need to go inside and out on this particular theme, we urge you to look at our 3-section story on the Breitling 765 AVI here: section 1 , section 2 and section 3 (articles that were delivered with the assistance of specialists ‘Dracha’ and ‘WatchFred’).
While everyone knows the Navitimer, a watch dispatched available in 1954, the conclusive pilot’s chronograph with slide rule bezel, there are a lot more notable and significant watches at Breitling. Really, some more. One of them is another pilot’s chronograph however with a completely different methodology, plan and reason. One was a watch made with the AOPA for non military personnel purposes. The other was a watch implied for military pilots. It is a progression of watches known as the Breitling 765 AVI Co-Pilot.
The birth of the ref. 765 AVI began in the last part of the 1930s, with two reference numbers, the Breitling Premier ref. 765 and ref. 734. As indicated by master WatchFred, this was “the first wristwatch dispatched by the “Breitling EIGHT” Military aviation division“. These were very exquisite and compelling tri-compax register chronographs with an interior tachymeter scale and featured the type Venus 178.
The Second World War would critically affect wristwatches and their plans. Professional watches increased and more austere. Neatness, waterproofness, and upgraded reliability turned into the fundamental goals for the business. These requirements brought forth probably the most famous watches… which incorporates today’s theme, the 765 AVI Co-Pilot, which was presented to the general population in 1953.
The initial 765 AVI was an extreme departure from the pre-war model. It was a huge chronograph (41mm bezel measurement, 22mm haul width) with a bi-directional steel bezel with 12-hour pilot’s scale. It featured a matte dark dial with brilliant Arabic numbers and hands. It was accessible with a bi-compax design, with sub-dials at 6 and 9 o’clock positions, and “digital” minute counter at 3 o’clock. A more traditional tri-compax format was likewise accessible, with a 3-6-9 showcase and 15-minute counter (commonplace of 1950s/1960s pilots watches). Once more, the Venus 178 hand-wound chronograph powered these models.
These watches were firmly inspected by different military powers, including the French and the Italian Air Force. There’s still a discussion among authorities and specialists, as a nearby investigation of the 765 AVI reveals a certain resemblance with the Type XX watches (the regular citizen models made by Breguet and Dodane, the Vixa models and the early Breguet Type 20 for military powers being rather different, with a fluted bezel). The Breitling 765 AVI was dispatched in 1953 and the Type 20 was first delivered in 1954 to the Armée de l’Air, Aeronavale and C.E.V. Some Breitling specialists notice that “in 1952-53, Breitling was in genuine arrangements with the French Air Force for a military agreement, which will be given to Breguet/Vixa/Dodane/Airain”. Who was first with this (brilliant) plan is still today a state of debate.
The original of Breitling 765 AVI was delivered until 1964 when the brand chose to change the watch definitely – as clarified to a limited extent 2 of our arrangement . Yet, regarding what we’re going to see today, the motivation from the early age of tri-compax AVI 765 Co-Pilot is undeniable.
The new Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition
After the re-edition of the Navitimer Ref. 806 , Breitling presents another vintage-inspired model, this time honoring the reference 765 AVI 1953. Furthermore, much the same as they did with the 806, it is about dedication and respect of the first watch. Outwardly, the new Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition is a 1-to-1 duplicate of the old model, just with refreshed materials and a cutting edge development. All the rest is identical.
Let’s start with the case. Much the same as the first 765 AVI Co-Pilot, the 2020 re-edition has a 40mm case – the bezel being marginally bigger, at 41.1mm in distance across. All the measurements, except for the thickness – because of a different development – have been respected, including the 22mm carry width. Same goes for the state of the actual case, which features slim and inclined carries, mushroom-like pushers and an enormous yet meager crown. The bi-directional bezel, a need for pilots, is made of cleaned steel with an engraved 12-hour scale, filled in dark. The bezel has a slender hold on the outskirts, with a dots of rice profile. The case is generally cleaned, with a differentiating brushed caseband.
The Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition will be accessible, obviously, in tempered steel. Two other editions in precious metal, one in 18k rose gold and one out of 950 platinum, will be accessible two or three months. All are worn on vintage-looking leather ties with a pin clasp – in dark for the steel model and in earthy colored for the precious metal forms. The lone admission to innovation might have been a sapphire crystal… yet even here, the choice was to remain consistent with the first model with a hesalite crystal.
Moving to the dial, by and by, it’s about steadfastness here. Show, hands, markers, numerals, tracks and logos have all been examined and reproduced to scale. The steel adaptation of the Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition features a matte dark, marginally grained dial, which will likewise be utilized on the rose gold model. The platinum rendition, then again, will be dispatched with a matte blue dial. All forms feature huge glowing Arabic numerals and needle hands, both loaded up with fauxtina cream-colored Super-LumiNova. The tracks and engravings are all genuine and, except for the “Genève” notice beneath the Breitling logo, the re-edition is indistinguishable from the first model.
The show of this Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition comprises of three sub-dials, with a little seconds at 9 o’clock and a 12-hour aggregator at 6 o’clock. More unique is the moment recorder, at 3 o’clock. In reality, the first model featured a 15-minute counter, while most present day developments depend on a 30-minute counter (the base development, the B01, has a 30-minute counter). Breitling pushed the authenticity factor considerably further by changing the development to have a 15-minute counter. Additionally, much the same as the first, this sub-dial features radiant rectangles each third moment. What’s far and away superior is that the space between the counters is likewise indistinguishable on the old and present day forms, despite the fact that the mechanics inside aren’t the equivalent (at all).
Indeed, inside the instance of the new Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition is a cutting edge motor, equivalent to the one utilized in the 806 re-edition. The type B09 depends on the notable and generally utilized B01 architecture yet without oneself winding system. Ensured as a chronometer by the COSC, it is a coordinated chronograph with a segment wheel with vertical grasp, offering 1/4th of a subsequent precision. Beating at 4Hz, the force reserve is 70 hours when the development is completely wound. The development is taken cover behind a strong steel back.
Price and availability
The Breitling 765 AVI 1953 Re-Edition will be accessible as a restricted edition, in three different adaptations. The steel model will be accessible in March 2020, restricted to 1,953 pieces and valued at CHF 7,900. The rose gold model will be accessible in May 2020, restricted to 253 pieces and valued at CHF 21,000. At last, the platinum model will be accessible in June 2020, restricted to 153 pieces and valued at CHF 39,000.
More subtleties at breitling.com .