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This vintage (circa 1960) Breitling Chronomat is in excellent condition. The stainless steel case is 37 mm in diameter. Silver dial with applied hour markers and steel hands, indicating hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph seconds, and 45 minute counter. The outer slide rule on the dial rotates with the beads of rice bezel. Manual winding Venus caliber 175.
The Breitling Chronomat with its rotating slide-rule was patented in 1941 as war raged through Europe and other parts of the world, its design offering a welcome respite from the plethora of military and military-inspired watches of the period. The Chronomat’s emphasis on engineering and mathematics, science and industry seemed to offer hope for a future when the war would be over and reconstruction could begin.
Although often thought to be the first slide-rule wristwatch on the market, the Breitling Chronomat was in fact the second. The Mimo-Loga, a non-chronograph, was introduced during 1941 before the Breitling. The Mimo-Loga, including a later version sold under the Girard-Perregaux brand-name, is virtually unknown today.
In 1954, the outstanding usefulness and success of the Chronomat inspired the birth of what has since become the most famous Breitling of all, the Navitimer, a chronograph with the slide-rule redesigned for civil aviation pilots.Add to cart Category: on hold / no longer available