Up for grabs is an extremely rare Breitling “Digital” Chronograph, part of the Reference 765 AVI line. The Digital was released in 1953, and so called for the window located at 3 o’clock. Normally a date window, this window counts down the chronograph to 15 minutes, presumably for use by pilots, as these watches were introduced around the same time that the French Airforce was negotiating with various brands for the contract of an aviation chronograph watch. Produced in low quantities, only a few of these come to market every year. This particular example dates to 1960; however, please note, the dial (which is considered an MK1 dial, without the word “Geneve” under the Breitling signature) is typically found in earlier serial numbered watches, circa 1953.
This Breitling Digital is in excellent condition. The case appears unpolished, and the underside of the case is as sharp as a knife. The dial is immaculate, with not a flaw in sight. The original radium lume is present on the dial, aged to a golden orange; the hour and minute hand appear to have been repainted and relumed in the past, but the chronograph hand still retains its original finish and lume.