Watch news : Breguet and aviation, the story continues with the Breguet TYPE XXI 3817 |


‘It is a field quite different from watchmaking or Breguet has made a name, it is certainly that of aviation! At the beginning of the 20th century, Louis Breguet was one of the pioneers of world aviation, he worked on the autogyro, a helicopter before the time that he got up for about a minute in 1907, a world first … but also in more biplanes classics for the Allied armed forces or for the transport of passengers where it plays a leading role, as evidenced by its signature at the foot of the act of creation of the company Air France in 1933 …

Breguet and aviation

In addition to the aeronautical activities of Louis Charles Breguet, the watchmaker began designing chronographs for cockpit dashboards or aviator watches …

Breguet No. 4100, first generation Type XX, No. 5 in a series of 500 pieces ordered in 1960As of 1935, the brand presented its first wrist chronographs. then, about twenty years later, it launches Type XX production to meet the demand of the armed forces (French Air Force and Naval Aeronautics) until the 1980s. You can see here a Breguet watch model with the number No. 4100, First generation Type XX, No. 5 of a series of 500 pieces ordered by the armed forces in 1960.

At the Baselworld fair, Breguet completed his collection this year by presenting type XXI 3817 chronograph, an intelligent combination of lines and aesthetics of the past and technical characteristics of the present. This watch is perfectly in line with the collection, a watch that is offered in a contemporary civil version, with an automatic mechanical movement reminiscent of models made for the armed forces.

Mounted on a calf leather strap, this 42mm chronograph features a slate-colored dial highlighted by a finely grooved steel case on the sides (water-resistant case up to 100 meters). The house stays here the function “return to flight“OR”flyback, (specific function of aeronautics that allows to reset to zero and a new count with a single pressure on the push piece of the chronograph hand) that equips the Type XX line since 1954. The Type XXI 3817 also has a central minute totalizer, a 12-hour counter, a calendar at 6 o’clock, a day / night indicator at 3 o’clock and a small second at 9 o’clock. Consider the first appearance with this piece in the Type XX collection of a sapphire crystal that will delight lovers of haute horlogerie and others …

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Breguet Type XXI 3817