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Breitling Italian military 817 - steel


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Condition Pre-owned
Scope of delivery No original box, no original papers
Availability Available now
Expected delivery 31 Jan 2020 - 8 Feb 2020
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Reviews: 14
This dealer is from London, United Kingdom.
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Listing number 63QPB4
Reference number 817
Brand Breitling
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year 1975
Condition Good (Light signs of wear or scratches)
Scope of delivery No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber Valjoux 236
Base caliber Valjoux 23
Frequency 21600 A/h


Case material Steel
Case diameter 39.5 mm
Water resistance Not water resistant
Crystal Plexiglass
Dial Black
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet color Steel
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel




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The Breitling 817 was introduced in 1975, as a tool watch expressly designed for military use. Commissioned by the Italian Army, the watches were given to helicopter pilots, bearing many of the classic hallmarks typically associated with military pilot’s wristwatches.

Each piece was designed to meet the Italian Military’s “Cronometro da Polso” or “CP-1” requirements and unlike numerous military examples, were never commercially available to civilians.

Only 500 of the references were made, with only a handful recorded amongst collectors, making this arguably one of the rarest collection of military wristwatches ever produced.

This Breitling 817, with serial number (EI 01XX) has a round, stainless steel case with large chronograph pushers and an original unsigned, fluted crown. The case measures 39.5 mm in diameter (as per CP-1 specification) and has thick straight-line lugs with sharp bevels, retaining good definition. Like all original examples, the screw-down case-back features rarely preserved military engraving; “E.I” (Esercito Italiano) translates to “Italian Army”, along with its military stock number.

The case features a black aluminium, PVD coated bi-directional rotating bezel with a sixty-minute graduation.

Inside the watch, it houses a hand-wound Valjoux calibre 236 movement (signed “Breitling”), beating at a rate of 21,600 A/h. Born of a famous column-wheel chronograph family, the Valjoux 236 is derived from the 17 jewel, two-register base calibre Valjoux 23, boasting an increased beat frequency.

It comes fitted with its original, Japanese-made expanding bracelet. It is in remarkably good condition, with signs of wear to the case, bezel and plexi.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

This vintage, military Breitling 817 has an unrestored dial. The bezel and the case are lightly scratched, appropriate to the age of the watch. The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.


A Collected Man

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Mobile: +447413245881
We speak:
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  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
Trusted Seller since 2014
34 watches listed
Number of recommendations from other Chrono24 dealers: 5
Number of watches sold via Trusted Checkout: 22

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