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Breitling Chronomat Red Arrows Limited Edition.

I am a pilot. Not a commercial pilot, a private pilot. I became a pilot to realize a lifelong ambition. From being a small child when my mother was sure I was a reincarnated First World War fighter pilot, to when I finally had become successful enough to afford getting a license, I have been passionate about aircraft.

Not Cessna and Piper Cherokees, mind you. No, I loved biplanes and World War Two aircraft.

Today I fly two very rare World War Two aircraft., The first is a 1942 Meyers OTW, an elegant biplane built to train new pilots. The second a 1942 Vultee Valiant, a five thousand pound fire-breathing monster built as a basic trainer to teach aerobatics and engine management to pilots.

In the world of Warbirds, one name stands out to every pilot. That name is Breilting. The Breitling Company and their watches are an integral part of the whole war bird and air show scene, and Breitling Chronographs are the pinnacle of what every pilot wants and needs in the cockpit for making important timed decisions on arrivals, fuel loads and range.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Breitling produced this very special chronograph to celebrate the RAF Red Arrows, one of the finest aerobatic teams in the world.

Of course this celebration is a two-way street. I am sure a sanction like this would not be handed out to just any watchmaker interested in making a splash. Breitling, on the other hand, has earned their place in the aviation world.

I would love to keep this one, it would go great with my flight suit but, well, I already have a beaten up old Breitling that has shared many of my hours of flight with me, so I really shouldn’t two-time her.


David Charles Grainger

Breitling Chronomat Limited Edition The Red Arrows stainless steel chronograph watch. Ref. A13050.1. No. 1249/1965. Made in a limited edition of 1,965 examples in 1996 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Red Arrows team. Swiss automatic movement. Tonneau shaped 40 mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal, red dial with steel hour and minute hands, subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o' clock, baton markers, outer 1/5th minute track and date aperture at 3 o' clock. The chronograph features a centre sweep seconds hand, subsidiary 30 minute dial at 12 o' clock, subsidiary 12 hour dial at 6 o' clock, outer tachymetre track and a stop/start and reset button to the side of the case. On a stainless steel bracelet with adjustable folding clasp.

Breitling Chronomat Red Arrows Limited Edition Stainless Steel Wristwatch

  • Reference Number: A13050.1

    Brand: Breitling

    Model: Chronomat

    Movement: Automatic

    Case Material: Steel

    Bracelet Material: Steel

    Year of Production: 2000 (Approximation)

    Scope of Delivery: No original box, no original papers

    Condition: Good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)

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