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Breitling Cosmonaut A12023.1 Chronograph 24 Hour


Breitling Cosmonaut A12023.1 Chronograph 24 Hour special series, this is a discontinued model from 1990,s stunning piece if you can get used to 24 hour time. The watch has a manual wind movement Breitling Calibre 12 which is a Lemania movement uses 17 or 18 jewels as there is 2 versions.
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The watch looks like a navitimer but slightly smaller at 40mm and was made in very small numbers possibly around 3000.  The watch has a see through caseback with engraving Cosmonaute Série Spéciale Étanche 30 M, as well as the reference number and the serial number, which is 4 digits long very short serial for a breitling.

The dial is black with silver sub dials and tritium markers with blue hands no date function unfortunately. Overhaul a cracking piece but not easy to actually tell the time but sure to be a future collectors piece.

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Rolex 116710BLNR

Rolex Gmt Master 2 Ref 116710BLNR Aka Batman


As the title says Rolex Gmt Master II Ref 116710BLNR AKA “Batman”  long awaited for me. This piece is basically A standard Gmt Master II with Ceramic black and blue Bezel and a blue Gmt hand and recently become the watch to have!  In the past the secondhand market was not that great with this model, as I felt people could not bare the thought of  paying the extra £1000 for the different Colour bezel. I after admit I was one of them people 🙁

Now things have changed dramatically in the last 6 months folk are fighting for them in dealers with lists on new ones up to a 2 year waiting wow ouch! and secondhand prices soaring to get hold of one.  I got to say do love the blue and black Ceramic bezel “Batman” with polished centre links on a oyster bracelet like Daytona, Yachtmaster, Milgauss, and a Maxi dial to boot which really set the watch. Most sports models adopt satin finish on the oyster bracelet.

I do think Rolex did get all the newer models right since launch around 2006 with big hour hand and big hour marker plots.  This concept I think came from the Yachtmaster from memory definitely influenced from the stunning Rolex Submariner LV in 2003 when it was launched. A great looking watch overall if you can find one!
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