Breitling Revives James Bond’s ’60s Chrono For A 2,000-Unit Limited Run

Mar 30, 2020

Category: Style

The 1960s was a fascinating horological era, with the decade’s watch landscape experiencing a number of drastic shifts in movement technology and overall design language. Numerous watershed models were released during this time that greatly influenced the industry for decades, one of which was Breitling’s Top Time Ref. 2003. Sporty yet refined, the vintage Swiss-made watch is now being revived via a limited run of updated versions of this iconic timepiece.

Limited to 2,000 units, the new version of this classic James Bond watch — which appeared in Thunderball — largely stays true to its 1960s predecessor, maintaining the original’s bare bezel, lugs, and tail-piston pushers, though its stainless steel case his been increased in size to 41mm’s. The dial also retains the ‘60s version’s “bow-tie” dial and slightly uncommon use of an outer decimal scale (versus a more traditional tachymeter). The contrasting red from the original dial also remains, though it now adorns the central hours and minutes. Powering the recreated chronograph is a Valjoux 7753-based Caliber 23 automatic chronograph movement that’s COSC-certification for chronometer accuracy. The new version also matches the original’s waterproofness rating at a meager 30-meters – the one down-side to this otherwise-stellar recreation. Sold with a textured brown nubuck strap, the Breitling Top Time Limited Edition is available now for $4,990.

Purchase: $4,990

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Style

This Titanium and Bronze Utility Knife was Designed by Aerospace Engineers

A sliding utility knife with a two-piece interlocking Ti-6Al-4V chassis.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

The 15 Best Chelsea Boots for Men in 2021

Class up your footwear with this classic silhouette.

Posted By

Oct 22, 2021

Featured Image

Style Guide: Brutalist

A collection of blacked-out goods inspired by the mid-century architecture style.

Posted By

Oct 22, 2021

Featured Image

Huckberry’s Carrying Exclusive Versions of the Faherty Legend Hoodie & Sweatpants

An olive melange twill variant of the advanced athleisurewear top & bottom set.

Posted By

Oct 22, 2021

Featured Image

Bremont Unveils Its Very First In-House, British-Made Automatic Movement

A limited edition run of Longitude models with all-new UK-made movements.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2021

Featured Image

adidas Collabs with solebox to Deliver These Racing Jacket-Inspired EQTs

The iconic adidas silhouette has turned 30.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2021