The Basics

The ‘Big Case’ Chronomat was introduced in 1968-1969 as part of Breitling’s earliest offerings with the newly conceived Chronomatic caliber. The first ones were fitted with caliber 11; these were shortly thereafter discontinued in favor of caliber 12. Together with the 818 it is among the first Breitling models to feature the geared bezel.

Brand: Breitling
Family: Vintage
Reference: 1808
Name: Chronomat Big Case 1808
Produced: 1969 – 1978
Limited: No

Below is a detailed look at Breitling’s model 1808 from Vintage watch family, including the price, case details and movement features.

Breitling Vintage 1808

The Details

Breitling’s Chronomat Big Case 1808 (1808) was originally released in 1969 – 1978. This watch features a automatic movement beating at a frequency of 21600 bph (3 Hz) to provide a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound.

The Case

The stainless steel case measures 49mm in diameter and roughly 16mm thick, with 24mm lug width. The round case is paired with a black color dial with stick-shaped hands, and a stick / dot hour markers and minute track, covered by a plexi glass. Breitling’s Vintage model 1808 water resistance is not available. This does not mean this watch is not water resistant. A solid caseback is over the back of the watch case.

Material: Stainless steel
Glass: Plexi
Back: Solid
Shape: Round
Diameter: 49mm
Height: 16mm
Lug Width: 24mm
W/R: N/A

Case Diameter

Case Thickness

Lug Width

Water Resistance

The Movement

The Vintage 1808 movement is a powered by caliber Chronomatic 12 made by Chronomatic Group. The 17-jewel automatic movement is 31mm in diameter. Its balance wheel oscillates at 21600 semi-oscillations per hour or 3 Hz. This movement offers a 42-hour power reserve.

Type: Automatic
Brand: Chronomatic Group
Caliber: Chronomatic 12
Base: Chronomatic Group Chronomatic 11
Display: Analog
Diameter: 31mm
Jewels: 17
Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 21600 bph
Time: Hours, Minutes
Chronograph: Chronograph
Additionals:

The Price

How much does the Breitling’s Vintage 1808 cost? This watch was introduced in 1969 and has been in Breitling’s collection for around . This watch is not a limited release. As with most luxury watches, the price of depends on the availability and demand.

CURRENT PRICE: Not Available

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Specifications:

  • Brand: Breitling
  • Model: Chronomat Big Case 1808
  • Reference Number: 1808
  • Limited: No

Case & Dial:

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Glass: Plexi
  • Back: Solid
  • Diameter: 49
  • Thickness: 16
  • Lug Width: 24
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Indexes: Stick / Dot and Stick-shaped hands
  • Water Resistance: N/A meters

Movement:

  • Winding: Automatic
  • Brand: Chronomatic Group
  • Caliber: Chronomatic 12
  • Display: Analog
  • Diameter: 31mm
  • Jewels: 17
  • Power Reserve: 42 hours
  • Frequency: 21600 bph
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes

About Breitling

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Breitling was founded in 1884. The brand counts among its earliest achievements the invention of the independent chronograph pushpiece in 1915 and the separation of the start/stop functions from that of resetting in 1923. The connection of Breitling with the world of aviation is said to have taken off in the early 1930’s, when the brand started creating onboard chronographs intended for … aircraft cockpits. With the introduction of the Navitimer in the first half of the 1950’s, Breitling had created what would prove to be one of the most iconic and everlasting pilots watch designs yet: the model hasn’t been out of production since. A variation of this model accompanied Scott Carpenter on his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7 capsule in 1962. In the sixties, Breitling was part of the ‘Project 99’ consortium that was created with the aim of creating the first self-winding chronograph movement – the one that would become the caliber 11. Although the so-called ‘Quartz Crisis’ had hit Breitling hard, the brand would be one of the first to launch a completely new mechanical chronograph in the mid-eighties: the Chronomat. This watch would become another icon for Breitling and would serve as a catalyst for the industry as a whole. Besides the Navitimer and the Chronomat, the Emergency is arguably the third most emblematic model – featuring a never-before-seen transmitter system that couldn’t have been conceived by any other brand than Breitling. The 2009 introduction of the caliber 01 gave Breitling a in-house chronograph movement and it would serve as the base for a number of variations over the next few years. Breitling is the only company of this scale to submit 100% of its movements for COSC-certification, including the quartz calibers.

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