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The Breguet Type XXI is an Aviator’s Flyback Chronograph that debuted for the 50th anniversary for the original military contract Type XX, in 1954. The French armed forces contracted the watch and the title comes from the actual contract number as multiple watches were produced.
This Breguet Type XXI is a 42mm watch and is 15.5mm thick. There is a generously slopped bezel and sapphire which helps keep it thin on the wrist. Where people with a smaller wrist size may run into issues with wear is when we take a look at the strap.
For a large watch like this, it needs a heavily bolstered strap to balance it. The strap has conforming end profiles which give it a look of a fully integrated watch. The strap is slightly rigid which means it will be slightly more difficult to wear on a smaller wrist.
The case itself is quite light on the wrist and features generously sloped lugs. You’ll also see that the case flanks are coined, a trademark look of Breguet. A single fold deployant clasp secures the watch to your wrist.
The dial itself makes use of textures, planes and gray scale. The bezel is bidirectional rotating as it is an aviation wristwatch rather than a dive watch, although it does features 100m water resistance. Everything from the white in the lume and date disc through to the black in the minute track and sub seconds, each coloring differentiates the elements. Polished diamond style indices paired with a fully lumed dial make this watch easy to read in the dark.
There is a flyback chronograph, based on the 1340 calibre – a great chronograph design in the 1970s. There is quality and engineering in the movement, which provide a complex watch.
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