A few years ago, I successfully managed to lose a great Breitling dive watch. I was living in Scotland, and let’s just say the circumstances for losing the watch were due to ‘wearer neglect’ (i.e., lost between my flat and the pub?). I originally bought the watch because it was very robust, had the US Navy no-decom limits on the inner face, and seemed durable enough to cope with the underwater research program I began in graduate school. This watch was very ‘industrial’. Anyway, I was wondering whether any of the crew had information on this particular watch. I have never seen another.
Description: The case was non-reflective black, more akin to a dark parkerizing finish, and was shaped very similar to the familiar Seiko 150/ 200 metre dive watch. The crown was also located – like the Seikos – at the 4 o’clock position and was a quite large screw down type. The movement was a Swiss quartz type, but I never took the back off to have a look at the actual movement. Case back was a screw down that had (if memory serves) ‘water resistant 20 atm/ Swiss quartz movement’ etched on the back. A serial number with only four digits was also on the back. The bezel was a very robust, uni-directional ratchet type and was machined along the leading edges very similar to those on a Ruhla (see Hyunsuk’s hybrids). At twelve o’clock on the bezel, one found the usual luminous triangle. The dial was a dull black, with a very basic ‘Breitling’ printed across the front. If I recall, nothing else was printed on the dial. The markers were very luminous, and similar in layout/style to the older Heuer/ Benrus Type I. The feature that set this watch apart was the US Navy no decompression limits (a.k.a. no decom or ND limits) that were printed on an inner ring encompassing the dial. So, since 60 minutes is the no decom limit at 60 feet, a small ’60’ was above the 12 o’clock triangular marker; 30 minutes is the no decom at 90 feet, so a ‘90’ was located below the 6 o’clock marker, etc. I believe it went from 60 to 120 feet, in 10-foot increments. There were no metric equivalents. The watch came with a very basic manual, along with a one-page typed description (literally typed, not just printed in aerial font) on Breitling letterhead indicting the proper use the watch and its no decom indications. Any insights?
Posted on Oct 16, 2001, 4:38 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206