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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 12:56 pm 
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Hello Everyone,

Just joined; first post.

I'm thinking of taking the plunge and buying my all-time favorite Breitling. Unfortunately, they don't make it anymore, so I'll have to go the used route. I'm looking at the B-1 [1] or B-1 Superquartz [2].

I see a lot of discussion on the B68 [3] and B78 [4] movements at the core of these (and the later Airwolf), and have a few questions.

How reliable are these movements?

I own quartz watches with moving hands that have lasted for 30 years with only a battery change. The talk on the B68 and B78 is that they need a full service (read: replacement) every 5-10 years, which seems really excessive for a quartz movement. It's something I've never done with any other quartz movement. Since the youngest of these watches is 15 years, I suppose I'd have to budget for a $500+ full service/replacement as part of the watch buy.

Do independent shops service these movements? Can they replace the B68 or B78 with a generic equivalent ETA movement, or must they come from Breitling?

The movement looks the same, but the display looks unique to Breitling (curved top display in the generic ETA movement, straight top display in the Breitling movement). If the display is soldered to the movement, it probably can't be replaced with a generic ETA movement. The joys of sending watches back to Breitling are the topics of many threads in the forum.

None of this is a deal-breaker, I just want to be prepared. I know generic internal parts would send the resale value of my watch to zero, but I like the price pressure independent repair would put on the factory. And I'd be OK being buried with this watch with everyone none the wiser :)

Thanks for all your help,

SRF

[1] https://www.breitlingsource.com/watch_d ... al_28.html
[2] https://www.breitlingsource.com/watch_d ... al_29.html
[3] https://www.breitlingsource.com/details/B68.html
[4] https://www.breitlingsource.com/details/B78.html


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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 1:18 pm 
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SlideRuleFan wrote:
The talk on the B68 and B78 is that they need a full service (read: replacement) every 5-10 years, which seems really excessive for a quartz movement.


That was not my experience when I owned a B-1 SQ.


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