CASE & BACK: This watchmeasures a large 38 x 44 mm not including crown and is 13mm to the top of the flush fit crystal. The heavy all-steel case does not appear to have ever been polished and still shows its original bevels and sharp lugs. There are very few superficial scratches and some nicks commensurate with a very lightly worn 40-year-old tool watch — Fantastic vintage condition overall. The steel back has some very light and superficial scratches but shows its original Breitling nomenclature of the period on the outside , and the 1345214 serial number on the inside, which indicates a 1970 production, and correct 808 reference–also Excellent original cosmetic condition. The inner caseback shows no corrosion and has the correct internal Breitling engraving of the era.
BEZEL: The Stainless steel rotating bezel is correct and original and in Very Good condition . The bezel itself rotates freely in both directions as designed.
DIAL & HANDS: Absolutely Near Mint matte black dial with white printing and finely calibrated track and only the minor imperfections visible under a loupe All original hands which are in fantastic condition. The sliderule ring is wonderfully patinated with all numbers intact
CROWN & PUSHERS: Unsigned crown looks very clean and winds and pulls out to the time-setting position as it should. At the moment of purchase I will add an Original and correctly signed crown with the watch so it can be replaced at the next service. It sits tightly against the case. The two pusher caps are likewise in Excellent shape and both chrono pushers work as they should and also nice and crisply.
CRYSTAL: Large flush-fit acrylic crystal is Excellent+ without scratches and no deep marks and sits barely proud of the bezel, which I believe to be correct for this model.
MOVEMENT: Legendary Venus 175 chronograph movement is looking bright and working well with all correct Breitling nomenclature of the era and shock protection. WHat has been serviced in 2014 and it is keeping good time with a strong power reserve and all chronograph functions are working properly and returning to zero. This is guaranteed to be the case at the time of shipment.
SERVICE: This watch was just serviced in November 2016