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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:05 am 
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Hello all,

Owning a Breitling AOPA Cosmonaute from '65 I am now looking to buy a Breitling which is a more "weather and scratch proof", a watch I can wear daily which can resist the wear and tear better than the fragile and precious 809...

So I came across this one...
http://www.ebay.de/itm/BREITLING-OLD-NA ... Sw5cRZEPCS

I struggle to find more info around the so called "tropical dials" used on the breitlings and hence fear it may be a fake watch...

What is the experts opinion, am I buying a fake and or overpriced watch here?

Thanks for the feedback,

Yves


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Watch is real. Tropical Breitlings aren't as sought after as a certain other brand so only you can determine whether the premium for it is worth it.


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Tropical dial is a seller's invention! Around 1992-93 some batches of Breitling's dark blue dials were discoloured to a clear gold colour , in total or by spots, after exposition to moisture and sun . It was due to a defective blue ink, and Breitling had to replace many dials at this period . Nowadays sellers are describing this discoloration as a "tropical" version of the dial . It is WRONG, PURE TALE .
If you buy a watch with a so called tropical dial, you have to get a price reduction corresponding to dial replacement expenses , around 5-600€ for current versions .


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saabreit wrote:
......were discoloured to a clear gold colour , in total or by spots, after exposition to moisture and sun . It was due to a defective blue ink......

Well to be fair, that kinda is a tropical dial to most people. I understand the distinction between natural fading and production defect but to most it is a moot point.


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Thanks for the feedback!

I all fairness, when looking at the dial it gave me the impression that it got "damaged" due to moisture or that the dial has been faded due to sunlight.
Looking at the pictures makes me also wonder if the glass is not dirty on the inside due to prolonged moisture as I have seen the same with a Fortis watch which was no longer waterproof and suffered several times from moisture ingress, there the glass is dirty on the inside.
I have asked the seller for some better pictures and more info about service history.
In a way I like the "fading" and don't see it directly as a defect, to me it gives the watch character for others its a damaged watch which is in need of repair. In any case the seller has well matched the leather strap with the "tropical dial" :lol:


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