The steel flyback Type XX chronograph


Breathtaking example of steel Breguet Type XX, sold in 1978.

Introduced in the 1950s, the Type XX chronograph was commissioned by the French government seeking a more accurate timekeeper for both their Navy and Air Force.
They sought a multipurpose chronograph wristwatch with flyback function, which allowed the user to quickly reset and restart the chronograph from a single push of a button on the case. Because pilots flew by dead reckoning, they needed instantaneous timekeeping in order not to fly off course.

The ‘Type’ designation was not a specific model name for a particular brand, but rather a specification commissioned by the French government, which several brands provided. Breguet’s “Type XX” became the best known of these military chronographs.

In the early 1970s Breguet submitted a proposal for a new generation of military chronographs, keeping with the original Type XX’s large Arabic numerals and flyback function but with a different case design with larger diameter and thicker lugs and a black rotating bezel for greater legibility.
It is believed that only a very low number of watches were delivered the French forces, the vast majority being in sold by Breguet to civilians.

The present second generation Type XX stands out for its absolutely flawless condition. The deep black of the dial is enriched by the warm ivory tone of the arabic numerals and the hands.
The white graphics in the seconds track and the registers along with the Breguet signature creates a powerful contrast with the black background.
The untouched case in enhanced by its strong squared lugs and is surrounded by the wonderful immaculate black bezel.

Accompanied by Breguet Certificate of Authenticity.

Case n. : B21xxx
Mov: Manual, cal. 725
Diam: 40mm
Box and papers: Breguet Certificate of Authenticity
Sold in: 1978



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