With a rich history spanning some 136 years, it’s frankly unsurprising that elite Swiss horological outfit, Breitling occasionally feels compelled to reach back in time to launch rereleased versions of some of its most iconic watches. And the latest model singled out for a revamp is the brand’s Co-Pilot Ref. 765 from 1953.
This stunning recreation retains most, if not all of the original pilot watch’s details, from the Arabic numerals, to the 15-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters, to the hand-applied Super-Luminova color, to the identical 41.1mm case, bezel, and hand-wound Caliber B09 movement. The only departures from the original design are the recreations’ water resistance rating — which has been increased to 30 meters — and the “GENEVE” is no longer present on the dial. Breitling will be launching three versions of the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Edition: an $8,600 black-faced and banded, steel-cased version; a $22,850 18k Red Gold version; and a top-shelf $39,900 bare platinum-cased variant with a blue face — of which Breitling will be producing 1,953, 253, and 153 units respectively. All three Breitling AVI 1953 Edition (and Re-Edition) chronograph watches are currently available for preorder on the manufacturer’s website.