Breitling Montbrillant Zodiac triple date moonphase watch. A very limited edition from the 1990’s. Commissioned by the owner of Breitling, Ernest Schneider, using original vintage movements and moderns cases. This unit is number 38 of 40 ever made. When was the last time you saw one of these watches for sale?
The original two-tone silvered dial features gold Roman numeral and stick markers at the hour positions. A red tipped hand rotates the dial indicating the day of the month. Two windows in the top half of the dial illustrate the day of the week and the month. The semi-circular cutout in the lower half of the dial exposes the moonphase cycle.
Having been to the Breitling factory and watched the craftsmen hand assemble similar watches, I understand the painstaking work done to produce these low volume limited editions.
The watch dates to 1995 and was originally bought at a retailer in La Jolla, California. The corresponding paperwork showing the dealer and purchase date is included with the watch.
Breitling named their watches Montbrilliant to honor the site of the first Breitling factory. From 1892 to 1979 the Breitling factory was located on Montbrillant St in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This model honored the heritage of the brand by also carrying the Breitling Montbrillant Zodiac name. The Breitling designers also referred to it as a Zodiac as it carried the triple date mooonphase complication.
This Breitling Montbrillant Zodiac comes with the original outer and inner boxes. The inner box is a work of art onto itself being crafted in sold burl wood which appears to be walnut. Also included is a service report from the authorized vintage Breitling service centre run by Mark Heist in the USA. It appears the watch was sent back from adjustment or repair following delivery and returned to the previous owner.
The watch is in outstanding condition and features an original Breitling padded crocodile strap with solid gold Breitling buckle.
The solid 18k gold watch case with signed screw on caseback, measures 37 mm wide by 44 mm long and 12 mm thick.