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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:43 pm 
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I recently found a 1968 Breitling GMT ref. 812 that had been sitting in a safe deposit box for 30+ years. My dad must have purchased it on one of his tours to Viet Nam aboard USS Forrestal in 1969-70. The watch is beautiful and runs like a top, and the case is beautiful. The dial looks like it has freckled, or has dots of dust dispersed on the dial. I'm not sure if this is the tritium on the hour numbers breaking down or something else all together. How difficult would it be to find an OEM replacement dial, as I don't want to have this refinished. He also had a really neat 1968 or 1969 Navitimer, which is in equally nice condition. I have read lots of articles on the forum, but nothing addresses my problem. I would appreciate any advice, as my local Breitling dealer has none to offer, other than refinishing the dial??


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The dial looks like it has freckled, or has dots of dust dispersed on the dial. I'm not sure if this is the tritium on the hour numbers breaking down or something else all together. How difficult would it be to find an OEM replacement dial, as I don't want to have this refinished. He also had a really neat 1968 or 1969 Navitimer, which is in equally nice condition. I have read lots of articles on the forum, but nothing addresses my problem. I would appreciate any advice, as my local Breitling dealer has none to offer, other than refinishing the dial??


I would have a watchmaker look at it to ensure there is no loose material floating around under the crystal. If that is the case, the "freckle" or "starry" patina is just degradation of the dial, and I suggest you leave it exactly as it is and wear it happily as a great heirloom from your Dad.


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let me second that, please leave the dial as is. make sure the watch is serviced by a competent watchmaker before you use it on a regular basis, these watches are very rare and have only been produced in very small quantities, finding an original replacement dial is highly unlikely, refinishing the dial would destroy both character and monetary value.


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Would be good to see pictures


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Nice one leave it as is. Beautiful. They call it “star dust” dial


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Thank you for the insight and advice regarding my dial. I need to find someone reputable to go through the watch, and ensure she is in top condition. I wound it and checked all the functions, and they all seen to work well. after 2 days, the watch is about +8-9 seconds fast. My dad bought me a new Breitling Navitimer when I got my Navy wings after flight school. His old Navitimer 812 looks so HUGE when placed side by side to mine or his old 806. I LOVE ALL OF THEM VERY MUCH, each for different reasons. One day they will be handed down to my son or grandson. For those who requested pictures, here are a couple taken with my cellphone. I ordered a light box to take better pictures to document for insurance purposes, and will post those. WARNING: I am a Pilot, not a photographer...... I have seen some amazing photographs on this forum and am awestruck at their beauty.

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PS. I would love to hear from you guys about where to send this watch for proper servicing, as there is no one qualified here in Pensacola, FL.


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Here's mine just back from watchmaker took over 1 yearr to complete, all NOS parts. A pic of the condition from the day I first took delivery to today, and a pic of my spare original dial. I have lusted after this watch for over 15 years, now I have it, I will NEVER part with it, its my precious, so goes to show that all good things come in time.
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My wonderful patina on my original dial, unfortunately I simply cant source an 812 case back so kept the original, as all engravings and markings had vanished, I elected to have it polished.


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