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1965 Vintage Breitling Top Time 2000 ThunderBall Chronograph Watch Tropical

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Experts Watches James Bond Breitling Top Timer Vintage Chronograph

Having a love for complications and complicated watches, makes me love Chronograph watches. At first two register chronograph for simplicity of the dial and providing chronograph functionality for the most. Then the three-register chronograph for the complication of movement and the history of the movements, like of the iconic Omega Ref. 321, Ref. 861 (used in famous moon landing), Zenith El Primero, Venus mostly used in Breitlings, Landeron, and one of the most well-known movement makers Valjoux. With their famous Valjoux 72 put in the vintage Rolex Pre Daytona’s and of course the big dog Patek Philippe reference 2499 using Valjoux 88 my favorite which sold in auction for $3.30 Million in 2018.  I also love the Heuer Caliber 11 first micro automatic chronograph movement with date.

A Chronograph is simply a watch that combines the function of a stopwatch with a timekeeping display watch, by utilizing an independent sweep second hand. Chronographs often have complications on the face of the watch which can be used to record different time measurements, moon cycles, heart rate and more. Chronographs have usually have a separate buttons to stop, start, and reset (unless it is an monopusher) the stopwatch complication, with the start button typically at the two and four o’clock position.

The name Chronograph is derived from the Greek words ‘Chronos’ – the personification of time – and ‘graph’, meaning to write. The first modern Chronograph was created in 1816 by French watchmaker, Louis Moinet. Invented solely for use in union with astrological equipment, Moinet’s Chronograph could measure time accurate to 1/60th of a second – an unrivaled degree of precision at the time of its creation.

"poor man's" Heu-ers represent an interesting facet of Heu-er's history and also provide a sensible way for individuals to collect these chronographs on a more reasonable budget. The term "Poor Man's Heu-er" only to refer to chronographs manufactured by Heu-er for other brands one of which is Zodiac & Clebar, which is one of my favorite brands. Please note on ebay there are few brands that are not made by Heu-er and still refer to as Poor man which is not true.

Experts Watches Vintage Watch Store Breitling Top Timer 2000


This is a beautiful Breitling Tropical Silver Panda Top Timer chronograph similar to the top time worn by James Bond in ThunderBall . Defiantly a collector watch. Please look at all the pictures, as they are part of the description. The watch is working and keeping time. This is a highly collectible watch. Very few left with this rare Venus movement. Sure, to increase in value overtime, and a great addition to your collection. The condition of the watch is the same as it appears in the photos.   The watch is working and is part of our new Certified Pre-Owned CPO Program.  Contact me if you have any questions first.

 

 

SPECIFICATION

Brand: Breitling -   Model: Top Time 2000 -  Circa: 1965

Case

20 Micron Gold-Plated with Stainless Steel Back.

Case Size

  35,50 mm without the crown and  42,50 mm Lug to Lug

Case Back

Stainless steel cover signed, this is a top loader. some dings and scratches. The Back is shut. see pictures.

Crown

UnSigned

Crystal

Acrylic Some Scratches, shows age & character

Bezel:

None. Inner, Tachymeter, 

Dial/Hands:

Beautiful Tropical Silver Panda dial, one of the kind. Under U.V. light inspection shows good Luminous hands & indices dial, Swiss made Mark, with the seconds Hand and two register chronograph. Shows light patina. Nots: The Chronograph Second hand is about 1/5 of a second off. Some lum loss due to age. Please see picture for more detail.

Complication

Seconds, Chronograph, Tachymeter.

Movement

Manual-winding Venus 188 yellow marked.

Movement Notes

Just inspected and in great shape.  Please see pictures and as some old movements don't have a very clear marking. Movement is running. Keeps great time see below time testing.

Strap

Genuine Leather - Lug Size: 19 mm      Please see picture.

Box

Come with Beautiful Vintage Style Box. Or Experts Watches Pouch

Reference #

Top Time 2000

Made in

Switzerland

Water Resistance

No. Please pressure test before water use.

Service Level

3         (Please see Tab below for details) Please keep in mind when comparing serviced watches with none serviced watch.  Price is at least $300-$500 more based on complications. Since old watch are like old cars you never know what you gone get.

Timing Test **

-19 s/day  In-House Time Test Results (See Service Level Tab)**

Certified Pre-Owned

Passed 25-point inspection. Please see tab below for details.

Warranty

3-Month Service Warranty (Please see Tab below for details)

Notes:

All watch functions tested and operable. 

 

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