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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:10 am 
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Happy to say that I just purchased my first Breitling, at, of all things, a police auction.

So I think I got a pretty good deal on it. It is a stainless steel Crosswind Special A44355, and I did a bit of internet research before pulling the trigger. I also took the watch to a jeweler in town who specializes in upscale watches and he told me that the watch appeared genuine or is the best fake he's ever seen.

Still, he's not a "Breitling guy," so here's some pictures:

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Anyway, allegedly "evaluated by an independent specialist," but the watch seems to check the blocks pretty well. It's definitely been used, so I intend to have it fully serviced and polished and made all nice. Strangely enough, I'm going to be in Switzerland, so I was thinking about dropping it off personally at the Breitling factory in La-Chaux-de-Fonds if that's possible to save on shipping (I live in the USA).

So, if I'm wrong and this is a fake, I can send it back. Also, am wondering if I should buy a (probably copied) manual on eBay or if anyone here has a PDF file of a manual that might work for me. Also, I am interested in a box to keep it in when I'm not wearing it. This is my first high-end watch, so my intent is to keep it nice.

Thanks in advance for the input!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:05 pm 
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Greetings Earthling, welcome very nice watch and a great forum here

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:44 pm 
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Congrats! Its real, enjoy it!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:56 pm 
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As already said, the watch is real. Be careful buying a matching box and manual. The standard fake box and paperwork set for Breitlings sold on 'replica' watch sites actually come with an instruction book for a Crosswind Special so 99% you see on ebay are from the fake set. A genuine period Breitling box is easy to spot though as its made of bakelite instead of painted wood on the fake.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:17 pm 
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Congrats! Nice find....but what everyone wants to know is, how much did you pay for it at the police auction?


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thank you all for the confirmation!

It was an internet thing - $1800.


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