Breitling 809 Vintage Cosmonaute Navitimer 809 Stunning Patina (32289)

32289 Breitling Navitimer 809 (1965) the stainless steel case is in excellent original condition and appears to be unpolished, dial has a stunning even patina, manual wind Venus 178 movement, triple register chronograph, original black glossy dial with gilt printing, silver sub-dials Gilt Breitling script and twin jets logo, the dial is in incredible original glossy condition and is free of any major flaws, original large beaded bezel, acrylic crystal, snap back, size 42mm, thickness 13mm, Outstanding Original Condition.

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More about Breitling 809 Vintage Cosmonaute Navitimer 809 Stunning Patina

This is a vintage stainless steel c. 1965 Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 809. It has a leather strap with a stainless steel clasp, and an acrylic crystal. It has a screw down winding crown, round chronograph push buttons, and a solid snap down case back stamped with "STAINLESS STEEL BACK – BREITLING – 809." The 42mm diameter solid three-body case, curved lugs, and flat knurled unidirectional rotating bezel are polished/brushed. The dial is black with gilt Arabic numeral 24-hour markers on the even hours, and square gold hour indices around a luminous white minute/one-fifth second scale. It includes outer luminous white telemeter scales for mph to km conversions, etc., and around the white perimeter rehaut is a fourth black slide rule scale. It has polished steel pointed baton hands with luminous aged tritium inserts, and a center sweep chronograph hand with a luminous arrow tip. There are three white "pie tin" subsidiary dials with black Arabic numerals, markers, and black indicator hands, including a running small constant seconds register at 9 o'clock, a 12-hour chronograph totalizer at 6 o'clock, and there is a 30-minute chronograph register at 3 o'clock. It has no water resistance, it has a 45-hour power reserve at full winding, and the 13mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

This Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 809 has a mechanical manually wound Venus caliber 178 movement. It's constructed with 17 jewels, a shock absorber device, and a straight-line lever escapement. It includes a monometallic balance, an index regulator, a blued steel flat Breguet balance spring, and the mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz).

This is an early Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 809, similar to the watch that Mercury-Aurora 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter wore into space in 1962. It was introduced as the "Cosmonaute" in 1961.