(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11
(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11

(RESERVED) Vintage Breitling Chrono-Matic Ref. 2111 Calibre 11

Regular price €2.650,00 Sale

This is a beautiful early Breitling Chrono-Matic, a model launched in 1969, making it the first or one of the first automatic chronographs ever made.

1969 - The First Automatic Chronograph

It is thought the first automatic version of the "big case" Chronomats may have been made available to the public in late 1968, but certainly it is for sale by 1969. The automatic ref 1808 is powered by the newly developed "Chrono-matic" microrotor movement with the crown on the left. Initially this movement is known as the calibre 11 but after a year or so it is slightly altered and called the calibre 12.

One of three automatic chronographs that first appeared in 1969, the Chrono-Matics (as they are known), are today the stuff of watchmaking lore. While Seiko and Zenith had their own automatic chronos, Chrono-Matics, like this watch, are beloved for their funky late 60s designs, their left-hand crown position, and their use of a micro-rotor.

The Breitling Chrono-Matic Chronograph's crown location on the left-hand side lets us know it’s special, and it doesn't need to be hand-wound. This is one of the early Swiss-made chronographs to use an automatic movement developed in the late '60s as part of Project 99. Heuer-Léonidas, Hamilton-Büren, Dubois-Depraz, and Breitling joined forces to develop the first automatic chronograph movement that would have major consequences for the history of Swiss watchmaking.

Since the Cal.11 was quickly updated to the Cal.12 that was used from then on, finding an original Cal.11 in good condition is not an easy task since these were used for a very short period of time only in the first versions. The serial number of this watch dates it back to 1969 and it's one of the earliest I`ve seen.

Condition is very very good and all original.

Maker: Breitling
Model: CHRONO-MATIC
Reference: 2111
Year: Circa 1969
Case No: 1325508
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 37.5mm x 37.5mm (Height x Width); 14mm thickness
Crystal: Plexiglass
Lume: Yes, tritium
Caliber: Breitling, self-winding, caliber 11 
Bracelet/Strap: Watch Garage Aged Yellow Racing Strap
Lug Width: 20m