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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:26 pm 
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Hi all,
I just joined and have some questions about my Chronograph.
After looking at many examples on the forum, I am a bit confused. My Breitling differs in several areas from those pictured. This watch was purchased new by my father in the late 40's, and has been in the family ever since, so I am reasonably sure of it's provenance.

The differences that I have noticed on the dial are:
1. Breitling and Chronograph are the only labels on the face.
2. Missing the patent number.
3. Missing the red arrow by the 5.
4. Missing the 3 minute divisions on the small minute dial.

So, my question is, are these details found on others of this age, or is this a rarity? The SN on the back of the case is 5958xx, indicating a1945 build.
Any thoughts?


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Upload pics of your watch....

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This is my 1945 Breitling


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Sadly, dial is not original. Has been redone in the past.


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Redone? As in refinished or replaced or......?


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Refinished. Poorly and incorrectly


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Thanks for the input.
Is it possible to remove the back case without taking it to a watchsmith?
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If you are not familiar with the process, I would have a watchmaker open it and ask him to show you how as well. It’s easy but if your not careful you can damage your watch.


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The pic above shows the inside of my Breitling. I would appreciate any comments as to type of movement, condition etc.
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Also, inside of the case back is written with a vibrating ingraver "ELWEB TRADING CO. SWISS"
followed by several other marks scratched into the back at different times:
T7472 C10.58.

T27789C.5.62

12/69 STEM

21860F (underlined with E below)

Would it be correct to assume that these are signatures of those who have worked on the movement at various times.?
John


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