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Italian Military | 817 | Steel

Ref. 817

Regular price

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Italian Military | 817 | Steel

Ref. 817

Regular price

The Breitling 817 was introduced in 1975, as a tool watch expressly designed for military use. Commissioned by the Italian Army, the watches were given to helicopter pilots, bearing many of the classic hallmarks typically associated with military pilot’s wristwatches. 

Each piece was designed to meet the Italian Military’s “Cronometro da Polso” or “CP-1” requirements and unlike numerous military examples, were never commercially available to civilians.

Only 500 of the references were made, with only a handful recorded amongst collectors, making this arguably one of the rarest collection of military wristwatches ever produced. 

This Breitling 817, with serial number (EI 01XX) has a round, stainless steel case with large chronograph pushers and an original unsigned, fluted crown. The case measures 39.5 mm in diameter (as per CP-1 specification) and has thick straight-line lugs with sharp bevels, retaining good definition. Like all original examples, the screw-down case-back features rarely preserved military engraving; “E.I” (Esercito Italiano) translates to “Italian Army”, along with its military stock number.

The case features a black aluminium, PVD coated bi-directional rotating bezel with a sixty-minute graduation.

Inside the watch, it houses a hand-wound Valjoux calibre 236 movement (signed “Breitling”), beating at a rate of 21,600 A/h. Born of a famous column-wheel chronograph family, the Valjoux 236 is derived from the 17 jewel, two-register base calibre Valjoux 23, boasting an increased beat frequency.

It comes fitted with its original, Japanese-made expanding bracelet. It is in remarkably good condition, with signs of wear to the case, bezel and plexi.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Brand: Breitling 
817 - Italian military issue
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Valjoux 236
Functions: chronograph, hours, minutes, seconds, 
Features: all original
Case: 39.5 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: original Japanese expandable bracelet
Lug: 22mm
Year: 1975
Box & papers: -
This vintage, military Breitling 817 has an unrestored dial. The bezel and the case are lightly scratched, appropriate to the age of the watch. The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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During a period of adjustment, we are unable to ship watches to the EU. We continue to offer express delivery to all other countries.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

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