Breitling LIP SuperOcean ref 2005 1965

this watch is on hold pending sale

SuperOcean ref 2005 from 1965,
Heavily , by Breitling, modified venus 188 movement
The large center hand counts minutes, not seconds
the small lume dot at 6 shows the Diving Timer chrono has been paused, the window would show a large lume dot when active .- and no dot when the timer has been switched off. Quite unique until a recent JLC release.
This particular watch double branded with LIP , a very large and respected retailer in the 60ies and early 70ies that Breitling allowed to brand their watches as well, quite rare to find one nowadays


This vintage Breitling (1965) has a really interesting chronograph function.  The large hand with the square on the end is not a seconds hand, in fact it is a minute counter hand.  When the chronograph is activated, it moves slowly, one minute at a time, and there is no seconds register.

Also, because it is not apparently obvious that the chronograph is working without a seconds hand, the aperture above 6 o’clock fills in with a black disc when activated.  If this isn’t a cool and interesting chronograph, we don’t know what is.

Not too many of these SuperOcean ref. 2005 survived until today, even less with all-original movements, the non-screwdown crown led to a lot of humidity damage and quite a bit of rusty movements

The movement used in the ref. 2005 is actually a well known one, the Venus 188 chronograph movement, but heavily modified by Breitling, it measured elapsed diving time in minutes (the rhomboid-tipped hand), a display at 6 is blank when the diving timer is inactive, shows a big green lume dot when engaged, a small lume dot when paused.

Great example of a very early dive watch


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