BREITLING 765 Co Pilot -1965- As new condition with archive papers.
MODEL 765 CP. ( Co Pilot )
YEAR Case manufacture November 1965 ( as per the Breitling archive paper )
SERIAL NUMBER 1 054 868 ( as per the breitling archive paper )
BRACELET New vintage leather
ACCESSORIES Breitling travel case and Breitling archive papers
DESCRIPTION This 1965 Breitling 765 CP was purchased from the original owners family, via a watch trader. As you can see, the watch has hardly been worn and is very sharp as new condition and never been for a service.
The case is factory fresh with a couple of tiny marks and case back stamps are very clear and showing little wear. The gloss black dial is in perfect condition with no damage and to my surprise, the lume under UV light glows up brightly and bezel, hands and dial all perfectly match in colour and strength as per the last picture.
According to the history books this came with the 12 hr and graduation bezel bi-directional bezel 0n the 41mm case. This watch has the 24hr bezel bi- directional bezel thats the same design as from the larger cased ” Uintime ” watch. On doing my own research ive found another 765 CP sold with the same bezel. So this 24 hr rotation bezel is a bit of unsolved mystery to why its on this watch, as this was bought from new by the original owner and rarely worn after purchasing it, sat in the draw for most of its life and never been serviced..
Paragraph from Hodinkee… The utilitarian nature of this Breitling jumps out quickly, and not only from the oversized case. The legibility of the glossy black dial is admirable, and the massive sub-dial at 3 o’clock clearly shows where the focus is meant to be. It’s also worth noting that the chronograph’s 15-minute counter required a modification to the standard Venus 178, usually set for 30 minutes. Why go through that mechanical trouble? This is where Breitling’s aviation roots are obvious, as 15 minutes was the exact duration of a plane’s pre-flight check required to clear it for takeoff. This also explains the unique lume dashes inside the sub-register to mark every three minutes, making this routine as easy as possible to time for the pilots and technicians involved.