CASE & BACK: This watch measures a large 41 x 48.3 mm not including crown and is 13mm to the top of the flush fit crystal. The heavy all-steel case does appear to have been polished , still shows its original bevels but lost some of the contrast satin-polished finish. There are very few superficial scratches and some nicks commensurate with a normally worn 44-year-old tool watch — Fantastic vintage condition overall. The outer part of the snap steel back has some very light and superficial scratches but shows its original Breitling nomenclature of the period including the 1394921 serial number on the outside, and correct 806 reference–also Excellent original cosmetic condition. The inner caseback shows no corrosion and has the correct internal Breitling engraving of the era.
BEZEL & SLIDERULE: The Coin edged rotating bezel is in good condition . The bezel itself rotates with good tension in both directions as designed. Sliderule is in fantastic condition
DIAL & HANDS: A Matte black and white dial with white printing and finely calibrated track and only the minor imperfections , big white silver subdials with nice and even patina All original ‘cream’ colored Tritium luminous numbers . All original hands
CROWN & PUSHERS: Signed Breitling crown looks very clean and winds and pulls out to the time-setting position as it should. 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 and without scratches and no marks and sits barely proud of the bezel, which I believe to be correct for this model.
MOVEMENT: Legendary Venus 178 chronograph movement is looking bright and working well with all correct Breitling nomenclature of the era and shock protection. Watch 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 has just been completely serviced in Sept 2016