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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:46 pm 
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I recently acquired another 32mm-ish Breitling chrono, this one a bit earlier - 1930s I believe. It’s not running but was fairly cheap (off eBay), so hopefully I didn’t do too bad. My research tells me it should be a Venus 170 movement, dates to the 1930s or early 1940s, and the non-marked case back and movement should be okay for the era.

That said, I’m no Breitling expert. Does anything look amiss?

If not, any recommendations for a good, sourceable crown replacement? Are movement parts available for these?

For reference, here’s my post for my first one (side by side included below): viewtopic.php?f=31&t=65938

Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:03 pm 
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You do find some interesting ones to discuss!

Not sure I’ve ever seen a 7 jewel count Breitling before that wasn’t a stopwatch. You’d expect a proper 17 jewel movement. 7 is pretty low grade movement. Also no serial number. Dial looks good. Alarm bells for me.


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Thanks for the reply!

Would you expect the serial number on the case back similar to my other one?

Does it seem to be a Venus 170 movement at least? It seems they made 7 and 17 jewel variants, so maybe parts of the movement were swapped? If the case is no good then I suppose the dial was swapped.

I paid $400 and can still return it if desired. Probably not worth it for a dial, although its even nicer than in the pictures.


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Yes, you expect a serial number.


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Does the up/down Venus 170 have a serial number inside the caseback? Because I think the dial is good.


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davedc74 wrote:
Does the up/down Venus 170 have a serial number inside the caseback? Because I think the dial is good.

That’s the caseback pictured above - no it does not.


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Ah then sadly not correct as Dave indicated.


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Good, because I already shipped it back to the seller this morning 8)


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