Hello. I am the original owner of a vintage Breitling Geneve chronograph watch, which I purchased in Royal Oak, MI, over 30 years ago. I wondered if you could possibly tell me anything about the actual model name and year, based on it's serial number:
1 438 209
I've discovered a similar gold-tone watch while searching the internet; mine's identical in appearance, but with a satin stainless steel "starburst" case, and black face. I've also added the classic Rouleaux bullet band.
I could not locate it among your model listings. I'd appreciate any help you might be able to provide. Thanx!
I always feel tested by these posts - let's see how much Roff can figure out without pictures - I love it, but it does leave me a little exposed. Let's see how well I do this time:
First off, the serial number dates to late 1975, that one I'm sure of. At this time the model itself didn't have a name, it was simply a 1450, but in this year it will likely be part of the Long Playing series of watches.
I believe that your watch has 3 subdials, at 3, 6 and 9, the seconds at 9 o'clock, 30 minute chrono at 3 and 12 hour chrono at 6. It will be powered by a Valjoux 7736.
There is another version of the 1450, this time powered by the Valjoux 7734, but that only has two subs, with a date at 6 o'clock. That's not a Long Playing and I believe that these were only produced up to 1973 or so - from 74 onwards I think they were all the 3 sub variants.
How did I do?