Breitling SuperOcean ref 1004 1959

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Together with the ref 807 (The Chrono version) this is where it started, in regards to dive watches , for Breitling

The ref 1004 , The first Automatic dive watch from Breitling , still on its original mesh strap as pictured in the ad’s we know

In all years of my collecting I have only seen about half a dozen anywhere

So you can imagine how many of these are left after 55-60 years of diving and abuse


CASE & BACK: This watch measures a large 38 x 45 mm not including crown and is 14mm 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 polished finish and sharp lugs. There are very few superficial scratches and some nicks commensurate with a very lightly worn 60-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 serial number on the inside, which indicates a 1959 production, and correct without 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 bead bezel is correct and original and in Very Good condition . The bezel itself rotates with heavy tension in both directions as designed but may benefot from a cleaning which I have not done in fear of damaging the watch

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 ‘light’ colored Tritium luminous numbers in fantastic condition. The Hands are as Near Mint and as always with these slightly corroded due to the radium Excellent with just a trace of spotting to its original luminous fill.

CROWN : 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.

CRYSTAL: Large flush-fit acrylic crystal is Excellent+ with small scratches from everyday use and no deep marks and sits barely proud of the bezel, which I believe to be correct for this model.



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