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What Inspired the Chronomat Design?

Discussion in 'Breitling Replicas' started by Syd, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Syd

    Syd Well-Known Member  

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    As we all know, the Chronomat is the reference standard among all the Breitling models. Originally created to equip the famous Freece Tricolori flight team, it retains her unique style characterized by its rotating rider-tab and graduated unit bezel, domed-shaped push buttons & crown, dial instrumentation, and the famous slanted flip lock clasp. All of which are inspired from aviation, as we shall see some comparison shots ...

    Dome shaped push buttons and crown inspired by prop hubs:

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    Slanted flip lock clasp inspired by a plane rudder:

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    Graduated unit bezel inspired by prop engine (front view as pictured):

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    Profiled watch case inspired by wingspan:

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    And lastly, the busy dial inspired by cockpit instrumentation:

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  2. supermanx

    supermanx Well-Known Member    

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    Nice comparisions, something I'm surprised we haven't seen from the resident breitling nut by-tor.
     
  3. willster

    willster Well-Known Member  

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    nice post and a great watch
     
  4. lan61t

    lan61t Well-Known Member  

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    nice info, thanks for sharing.
     
  5. bimmerdriver17

    bimmerdriver17 I'M BANNED!    

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    I enjoyed this comparison....very nice.
     
  6. alwayslate

    alwayslate Well-Known Member  

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    Good eyes! Makes me appreciate my BCE so much more.
     
  7. Bronzy

    Bronzy Well-Known Member  

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    I enjoyed this as well, thanks for posting!
     
  8. believer123

    believer123 Well-Known Member  

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    Nice tid-bit of information.
     
  9. DoodyHead

    DoodyHead Well-Known Member  

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    I wish they made a Rep with those style numerals !!!

    Love it
     
  10. Watchnuts2

    Watchnuts2 Well-Known Member  

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    Thanks for posting. I'm a big airplane and Breitling fan. Now I know why these watches are for me.
     
  11. mydnytrydr

    mydnytrydr Well-Known Member  

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    Breitling is indeed an awesome brand .. thanks for posting !
     
  12. Syd

    Syd Well-Known Member  

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    Still my favorite Breitling model up to this day! The Breitling Chronomat Vitesse in Stainless Steel/ Blue Dial.
    Any dealer wanna rep this particular Vitesse model (40mm)? I think you'd be surprised with the waiting line!
     
  13. beachcat

    beachcat Well-Known Member  

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    Is this the best rep Breitling available ?
    Had a BCE from a couple years ago and it was a little clunky and uncomfortable to wear.

    Thanks
     
  14. beachcat

    beachcat Well-Known Member  

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    who sells this watch now ?