Superb Vintage Gents Breitling Top Time Chronograph Wristwatch.
The Top Time, one of the most iconic Breitling Chronograph's out there, thanks in no small part to Sean Connery aka 007 James Bond, who wore a modified Top Time model 2002 in the film "Thunderball" in 1965.
The Top Time range was launched by Willy Breitling in 1964, purposely aimed at Young Men and Women interested in Sport and Technology.
"Young people won’t buy the kind of watch dad wears. They will be interested in a competition watch with special dials and push buttons. A watch that will ‘impress the boys’ – a watch that is both impressive and really elegant." Willy Breitling 1964
There is a fantastic article on the Top Time on the Breitling website you can access this article here
This Particular Reference: 2000-33 was one of the first versions of this Iconic Wristwatch and features a Monocoque/Monobloc Case which was only found on the early versions during 1964-1966. In fantastic condition and with a very sought after Reverse Panda Dial, I am very excited to offer this for sale on GungaDin Watches.
You can view this Watch in a short Video: here
Dating this Watch
Using the serial numbers on the Caseback we can date this to approx.1966.
Super Quality Valjoux Calibre 7733 Manual Wind Chronograph Movement, with 45 minute Recorder.
This Calibre of Movement uses the Top Pusher to start/stop the Chrono function and the Bottom one to Reset the Chrono.
*FULLY Professionally Serviced by us at GungaDin Watches*
The Movement is wonderful and Clean whilst ticking away strongly and keeping Excellent time having been FULLY PROFESSIONALLY serviced by our fantastic in-house Watchmaker. You will receive a copy of the Service receipt please keep this for your records/warranty.
The movement has had a new Mainspring fitted as part of the Service.
Covered by our 3 month limited Warranty, which is free with all purchases that have been serviced by us.
Awesome Reverse Panda Tachymetre Dial.
According to the Breitling Website, the Tachymeter Scale was for drivers who want to calculate their average speed when racing.
Swiss Made T
The Dial is in Awesome Vintage Condition with No real wear at all, which is remarkable when you consider this Chaps age!!
THIS IS NOT A REDIAL!!!!
Top Quality Solid Monocoque/Monobloc Case, 20 microns Gold Plated.
With a Monocoque case, you can only access the Movement through the front, so I have made sure that the Watchmaker took some pics for your records.
The Case is in Very Good Vintage Condition for the Nature of this Vintage, a few Age Related marks on the usual places, but nothing major, edges still nice and sharp. Plate in fantastic condition, I think this is probably the best example I have seen in regards to plate condition.
Stainless Steel Screw In Case Back in Very good order.
The original factory engravings are present and legible on the caseback.
Case approx. measures in at:
Diameter with Crown: 38.8mm
End of lug to lug: 42.9mm
Lug Spacing: 20mm
This Case was rated Waterproof back in the Day, it is now a Vintage Timepiece, it has NOT been tested for Water Resistance and if you wish to Submerge this Watch, you will need to have the Watch Professionally Resealed before doing so!!
Hands, Pushers, Crystal and Crown
Original Hands are in excellent vintage conditon.
Pushers in good nick some age related scratches, functioning nicely.
Original signed Crown, in very good nick.
A new Acrylic Crystal has been fitted as part of the Service.
On a new 20mm Handmade Tan Brown leather strap with Gold Buckle, that compliments the Watch very well indeed.
Comes with a free GungaDin Watch Box as pictured.