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    1965 Navitimer..

    Hi all

    I was given this oldie as a gift, It had been dropped which had resulted in the stopwatch hands coming off their shafts and the crystal was cracked from top to bottom!

    I was given it along with a bag full of cheapo Qtz watches, I'd left my specs in the car and couldn't make out what the watch was, Only that it was a chrono! I was quite shocked when I eventually found my glasses and realised it was a Breitling! He had pulled the watch from the bag saying that it was a high quality watch but I had no idea!!

    I sent the watch off to a chap in Leicester and for 28+ return P&P, All the hands were refitted and zero'd and a new crystal fitted!! I was happy as Larry!!

    The watch has collected plenty of Wabi sabi in it's fifty one years but is still presentable and keeps time superbly, The stopwatch functions as it should, All in all and a very nice pressie!!











    Cheers, John

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    that is indeed quite an incredible gift John - 806 model Venus 178 i guess- a transitional year from 64/65 when they changed from the beaded bezel - these can go for several thousand 's easily - lovely chrono that seems to have aged beautifully- big watch too for then - you lucky bugger -and btw this chap in Leicester must be a diamond at 28 !!!!! very envious -a classic timeless watch that is still increasing in value to my knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by shameless View Post
    that is indeed quite an incredible gift John - 806 model Venus 178 i guess- a transitional year from 64/65 when they changed from the beaded bezel - these can go for several thousand 's easily - lovely chrono that seems to have aged beautifully- big watch too for then - you lucky bugger -and btw this chap in Leicester must be a diamond at 28 !!!!! very envious -a classic timeless watch that is still increasing in value to my knowledge
    Hi Shameless

    The chap is Chris Burrage at Ryte Time watch repairs, He's brilliant with watches!!



    Cheers, John

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    yeah had a few pieces that he's repaired too he's good with russians too and simple and easy just send the watch to him he checks it out gives you a price then job done he sorted out the extcima chrono of mine and has done work with the russian 3133 / 3017 as well

    but he's been closed for a while now

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    i have bookmarked him should he re appear -always good to have a recommendation !thankyou both

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    I know a few of the guys on the other forum swore by him too ... hoping things are alright as a good watch repair guy is hard to find and one that charges a fair price even harder
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by is that my watch View Post
    I know a few of the guys on the other forum swore by him too ... hoping things are alright as a good watch repair guy is hard to find and one that charges a fair price even harder

    Oh dear!

    I didn't know that he'd stopped working on watches

    I was going to send some for servicing too


    John..

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnbaz View Post
    Oh dear!

    I didn't know that he'd stopped working on watches

    I was going to send some for servicing too


    John..
    yeah had pick up a seawatch that I wanted him to do a make over on so check the site and it was down / well not down just not taking any orders at the time
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    The Navitimer is what got me into watches. It's my favorite watch of all time. A close 2nd place is the Omega Ploprof. But the Navitimer has held the top spot in my heart for 20 years. Especially the old vintage models. I love them.

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    Gorgeous! There are two kinds of Breitlings that really do it for me. Their anadigis and the Navitimer variants. What a great gift.
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