1973 Breitling Tricompax Gold-Plated Chronograph Ref 1451
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About This Watch:With its tonneau-style case, champagne-colored sunburst pattern dial, and a Valjoux 7736 manual wind movement, the Breitling Tricompax Chronograph Ref 1451 has a sleek, vintage aesthetic in a size that modern watch enthusiasts will enjoy.
The History: Breitling was established in 1884, by watchmaker Léon Breitling. His patented chronograph designs quickly gained popularity amongst industrial, military, and scientific markets. Their innovative designs, technology, and reputation for reliability and functionality continue to make Breitling a mainstay in the watchmaking world today.
The Watch: The Breitling Tricompax Chronograph Ref 1451 features a 41.5mm Tonneau shape gold-plated stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal. The gilt dial is brushed with a sunburst pattern, applied baton hour markers, a tachymeter scale at the outer edge, and three sub-dials at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. The 1451 is powered by a manual wind Vajoux 7736 movement.
The Details: This Breitling Tricompax Chronograph Ref 1451 dates to the production year of 1973, with a case that has not been polished, and sharp case lines still present. There is wear on the case and bezel that is consistent with a timepiece of this age. The hour and minute hands have developed a patina, and the lume plots are no longer present at the 3, 5, 6, and 7 o’clock positions. The crown has also developed some patina, visible in the photographs. This timepiece includes an after-market black leather strap with cream-colored stitching.
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