From marine navigation to air navigation, Breguet has always endorsed and highlighted fine watchmaking at its very best. Since 1918, the House of Breguet has provided several timepieces for the American Air Force and in 1922 for the Société d’Aviation Louis Breguet, a company founded by a descendant of Abraham-Louis Breguet. However, the most important chapter in the history of the Breguet pilot watch began with the Type XX. In the early fifties, the French Ministry of Defense drew up specifications with a view to purchasing chronograph wristwatches for its Air Force, to be known as Type 20. Drawing on its experience in this area, Breguet expressed its interest and designed a model that was quickly approved by the authorities. The year was 1954 and the legend of the Type XX had just begun.
Breguet Type 20 Only Watch
Breguet for a cause…
At the Only Watch charity auction this year, Montres Breguet presented the Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019, a unique version of its Type 20 pilot chronograph from the fifties.
The Type 20 Only Watch 2019 with a 38.30 mm steel case and the pear-shaped crown is typical of the first-generation military models delivered to the French Air Force and Naval Air Force. Fitted with a bidirectional bezel in fluted steel without graduations, along with triangular markings for flight calculations, Breguet ensures the accuracy too. The dial of the Type 20 Only Watch 2019 that displays small seconds and a 30-minute totalizer is Inspired by the very rare civilian and military models with a bronze colored dial sold at the time.
Needless to say this aviation machine offers sharp legibility in all conditions and sports the distinctive hands of the historical Type XX watches, which are treated with Super-LumiNova®, as well as the large Arabic numerals. Signed off by Breguet at 12 o’clock., the Type 20 Only Watch 2019 houses the Valjoux 235 13 lignes, derived directly from the Valjoux 222 14 lignes used in the fifties. To ensure that the Type 20 Only Watch 2019 is endowed with the same proportions and functions the movement blank of this manually wound, column-wheel chronograph was restored back to working order. This movement is, of course, fitted with the flyback function, without which it could never be a true Type 20 pilot chronograph.
The Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019, like the original, has a steel screw-down caseback, which offers water resistance up to 30 meters. On the caseback, the owner of this Only Watch 2019 exclusive watch will find an inscription that reads: “Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019 Pièce Unique”. This model will be offered in a presentation box shaped like an airplane’s wing.
This exceptional auction sale conducted by Christie’s will be taking place in Geneva for the benefit of medical research on muscular dystrophy on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Sensitive to the gravity of these diseases and keen to demonstrate his commitment to aid ailing children, Marc A. Hayek, President of Montres Breguet, is once again making a substantial contribution by offering a one-of-a-kind watch – The Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019.