Breitling Navitimer/Cosmonaute ref 806 with Olongapo Bracelet 1965/66
An very cool original vintage Breitling 24 hour Navitimer Cosmonaute aviator's chronograph circa 1965/66 with custom Olongapo bracelet with U.S.Air Force wings appliques. With caseback serial # of 1.09 million, we date the production of this model to late 1965 or early 1966. We surmise that this watch belonged to a Vietnam era US Airforce pilot who commissioned the custom bracelet to be made during a period of “R & R” in the Philippines during his service in Viet Nam. The caseback bears name of owner. Original 24 hour twin jet logo dial bearing the name Navitimer and Cosmonaute shows aging and toning, but no loss of printing of dial or outer tachometer scale. All luminous intact on dial and hands. The case back bears the ref # 806, more commonly associated with the 12 hour Navitimer model, rather than the ref# 809 typically associated with the 24 hour Cosmonaute model.
Like the Navitimer model, this Cosmonaute model is powered by the Venus caliber 178 movement. We have not serviced this watch. It is in running condition with all functions operating properly and chrono registers returning to 0. We can offer service at additional charge.
By our assessment, this is an all original 24 hour Breathing Cosmonaute fully intact and with the Vietnam war era U.S. Airforce pilot owner's customized Olongapo bracelet. A cool watch and a great find!
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