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$9,000

18 bids

No reserve
Auction Ended
09/09/21
At Sep 9, 4:00 PM UTC
Lot #1092

Breitling 817 Italian Military Chronograph

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Introduction

Introduced in 1975 with the specific intention to be a tool watch for the Italian Army’s helicopter pilots, the Breitling ref. 817 is a timepiece that indeed lives up to the billing as a watch intended for hard wear and rigorous use in the field. The ref. 817 was even used by the Battaglione Paracadutisti Carabinieri Tuscania and their platoon commanders. A regiment of elite soldiers, they would first be fully trained as Carabinieri (Military police) and then receive the training required to become paratroopers at the “Folgore” Paratroopers Brigade School in Livorno, Tuscany. Utilized in high-risk missions, they would hunt kidnappers, the mafia, and the infamous Camorra - an underground Italian criminal society. With only 500 pieces ever produced, most of which were destroyed during decommissioning, the Breitling ref. 817 is an incredibly rare watch that provides a tangible link between Breitling and their military-serving past.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$8,000 – $10,000

The Details

Brand

Breitling

Dimensions

39.5mm

Model

Italian Military Chronograph

Movement

Manual wind Valjoux cal. 236

Reference

817

Bracelet

Stainless Steel Expansion Bracelet

Year

Circa 1975

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless Steel

Included

Watch Only

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

A dark black dial with large luminous Arabic hour markers and equally large hands, the ref. 817 was designed for optimum legibility in the field where low-light conditions could be disastrous when timing critical military operations.

THE CASEBACK

While very faint due to wear, the ref. 817's screw-down caseback contains its military engraving. It reads “E.I” (Esercito Italiano, or "Italian Army" in English) along with its military stock number.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

The overall condition is excellent. Dial appears to be untouched, and is in mint condition. Minute hand has a small crack through the luminous. Bezel has surface abrasions throughout. Case is in mint condition with sharp edges. Caseback still has the number clearly visible. Stretch band fits a 7+ inch wrist comfortably.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

Our Perspective

A special piece of Italian military history and Breitling's heritage too, the ref. 817 is a rare watch to find, and particularly in the condition our example is here.

Eric Ku

Co-founder

Lot # 1092

Breitling 817 Italian Military Chronograph

Sold

$9,000

Ended
09/09/21