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Breitling Datora 799


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Basic Info

Brand Breitling
Ref. No. 799
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Lizard skin
Year 1940
Condition 2 (fine)
  With box
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United Kingdom, London
Price £5,975 (= [SOLD])
Availability Available now


Movement Manual winding
Movement/Caliber Venus 187
Power reserve 44 h


Case material Steel
Case diameter 35 mm
Waterproof Not Waterproof
Material bezel Steel
Glass Plexiglass
Dial Silver
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material Lizard skin
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Steel


Moonphase, Chronograph, Date, Tachymeter


Small Seconds, Blue Steel Hands, Only Original Parts


This very rare, vintage, stainless steel Breitling Datora Ref. 799 from the 1940s has just been serviced and is in excellent vintage condition. It has perfect mechanical functionality and is guaranteed for authenticity.

Universal Genève was the most famous for producing these style of watches, it is not widely known that Breitling had its own version in the form of the Ref. 799. When it was released in the 40s, it was one of the most complicated watches on the market, featuring moonphase, date and chronograph functions. Not many of these watches were produced, and many have been badly restored, making this unrestored example very rare and collectible.

Sized at 35mm, it features thick bevelled lugs, with the angles still visible - a sign that it has not been over-polished. The stainless steel case is in overall good condition with its original caseback, marked ‘799’. It has square chronograph pushers and a fluted crown.

The dial has a mild patina to it, and applied steel Arabic numerals. A good sign that the dial is original is that the ’31’ on the date wheel is still red. The twelve o’clock sub-dial features the moon-phase and date wheel, the three o'clock and nine o’clock sub-dial features the minute counter for the chronograph and the running seconds respectively and the six o’clock sub-dial displays the hour counter for the chronograph.

Powered by a Venus Cal. 187, it is a manual-winding column wheel chronograph movement with a date and moon-phase module. Being known as a reliable calibre, it features a Glucydur balance wheel and a Breguet spiral mainspring, adding to its overall quality. The movement features an unmarked bridge, which is correct for the Ref. 799. The watch has a power reserve of approximately 44 hours.

Our preowned watches have all undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, polished, resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.


All watches are either covered by a full, or a limited twelve month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery by Next Day. All of our parcels are fully insured.

If ordering from outside the UK, your watch will be dispatch the same day with DHL Global Express. Delivery is expected by the end of the next working day. However, delivery time may depend on customs clearance.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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