The Breitling Watch Source Forums
https://breitlingsource.com/phpBB2/

Bought a Beater Breitling 790
https://breitlingsource.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=65279
Page 1 of 1

Author:  spamologna [ Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Bought a Beater Breitling 790

I purchased a Breitling 790 from an auction house. It looks like a complete beater and rusted. I don't know anything about this watch, or if it even works. I'll have more information tomorrow when I pick it up. In the meantime, I'd love some feedback of where to start.

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/68 ... wristwatch

The price was $375. Can someone tell me what I should do when I get it? How to you bring an old watch like this back to life?

Author:  buddman [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

You’ll need to take it to a watchmaker that has experience with vintage chronograph to open it up and see what’s going on inside, and then go from there. Just to warn you you, you will pay more to restore it than you paid for the watch. It doesn’t look too bad to me. Sometimes that external junk looks like rust but it’s just years of accumulated skin / dirt. Serial number is from 1945.

Attachment:
AE92721E-8D07-40A8-91F9-74830608E584.jpeg


Attachment:
6EB83E14-3A5E-4BAD-AEC2-485FF80DF7D3.jpeg

Author:  vintage [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

I think the dial might be an old redo on that one. Look how the right 45 minute sub register doesn't meet the outer scale as does the left sub register. Looks like it was printed a little off in the sub register depression. I think the Breitling script might be a little large and sloppy too. Still, good price.

Author:  spamologna [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

I also noticed it didn't say "Premiere" below the Breitling.

Is it better to leave the dial in vintage condition or have someone redo it? I'm assuming patina is more desirable...

Author:  spamologna [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

buddman wrote:
You’ll need to take it to a watchmaker that has experience with vintage chronograph to open it up and see what’s going on inside, and then go from there. Just to warn you you, you will pay more to restore it than you paid for the watch. It doesn’t look too bad to me. Sometimes that external junk looks like rust but it’s just years of accumulated skin / dirt. Serial number is from 1945.

Attachment:
AE92721E-8D07-40A8-91F9-74830608E584.jpeg


Attachment:
6EB83E14-3A5E-4BAD-AEC2-485FF80DF7D3.jpeg


If I pay $500 or more to restore this watch, what would it be worth once completed?

Author:  buddman [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

vintage wrote:
I think the dial might be an old redo on that one. Look how the right 45 minute sub register doesn't meet the outer scale as does the left sub register. Looks like it was printed a little off in the sub register depression. I think the Breitling script might be a little large and sloppy too. Still, good price.


I thought similar but not sure so figured I'd give it the benefit of the doubt.

Author:  WatchFred [ Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

old redial

Author:  spamologna [ Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bought a Beater Breitling 790

WatchFred wrote:
old redial


I think you're right.

I just picked it up from the auction house and am bummed to find that this watch doesn't seem to work at all. I can move the hands but no luck on winding it up.

I'd like to open it myself but am pretty nervous and I don't have any tools. Probably will find a local watchsmith.

Page 1 of 1 All times are UTC - 8 hours
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
https://www.phpbb.com/