CASE & BACK: This watchmeasures a large 38 x 42 mm not including crown and is 14mm to the top of the flush fit crystal. The Stainless Steel case is absolutely mint and does not appear to have ever been polished and still shows its original bevels and polished finish and sharp lugs and is absolutely mint . There are very few superficial scratches commensurate with a very lightly worn 48-year old watch — Fantastic (like new) vintage condition overall. The outer part of the snap steel back has some very light and superficial scratches but shows its original Breitling nomenclature ref 785 of the period including the serial number on the outside, which indicates a 1945 production, and correct 785 reference–also Excellent original cosmetic condition. The inner caseback shows the correct internal engraving of the era.
DIAL & HANDS: Beautifully silver dial with black printing and finely calibrated track and no imperfections visible which is exceptional for a watch this age , All original ‘light creme’ colored luminous numbers in fantastic condition. The Hands are as Near Mint as are the small black counter hands are Excellent with no spotting to its original luminous fill.
CROWN & PUSHERS: Unsigned 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 pushers are likewise in Excellent shape and both chrono pushers work as they should and also nice and crisply.
CRYSTAL: 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 and extremely rare Valjoux 72c chronograph movement is looking bright and working well with shock protection. Watch has been serviced in 2013 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.