Fine Watch Club are delighted to offer this retro Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref: 2111 from 1970
WHY THIS WATCH MATTERS
An early, if somewhat lesser known example, with an automatic chronograph movement that made history. One of three automatic chronographs that first appeared in 1969, the Chrono-Matics (as they are known), are today the stuff of watchmaking lore. While Seiko and Zenith had their own automatic chronos, Chrono-Matics, like this watch, are beloved for their funky late 60s designs, their left-hand crown position, and their use of a micro-rotor.
The Breitling Chrono-Matic Chronograph’s crown location on the left-hand side lets us know it’s special, and it doesn’t need to be hand-wound. This is one of the early Swiss-made chronographs to use an automatic movement developed in the late ’60s as part of Project 99. Heuer-Léonidas, Hamilton-Büren, Dubois-Depraz, and Breitling joined forces to develop the first automatic chronograph movement that would have major consequences for the history of Swiss watchmaking.
Within this funky cased Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref: 2111 is the caliber 112, an updated version of the original movement made by the Swiss consortium, the caliber 11. In addition to its fantastic late ’60s / early ’70s looks – check out that “surfboard” sub-dial layout and the killer orange accents.
This is a retro design that instantly recalls the period when it was made. According to Breitling, the case was produced in February of 1970. Note the pulsometer scale in red, used by doctors and medical personnel to quickly take a patient’s pulse. This matches the red text on the date wheel – a nice little detail. We paired this watch with the tan brown strap to give this watch a modern twist.
Case No: 1328935
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 37.5mm x 37.5mm (Height x Width); 14mm thickness
Lume: Yes, tritium
Caliber: Breitling, self-winding, caliber 112
Bracelet/Strap: Condor 22mm strap
WHAT WE LOVE AND WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
This Chronograph is in overall very nice condition. The dial is in very good condition and some wear on the glass. The lume on the dial and on the hands have developed patina and have aged to the same yellow color. The dial, case, movement, and crown are signed by Breitling. This watch was photographed on a 175mm/6.9inch wrist.