In homage to both watchmaking and aviation, Breguet reissues a unique version of its Type 20 pilot chronograph from the fifties in a form that is very faithful to the original.
In the early fifties, the French Ministry of Defense drew up specifications with a view to purchasing chronograph wristwatches for its Air Force, to be known as Type 20. Drawing on its experience in this area, Breguet expressed its interest and designed a model that was quickly approved by the authorities.
The year was 1954 and the legend of the Type XX had just begun. The Type 20 was introduced as a pilot watch equipped with a flyback chronograph, the emblematic function of this watch. The flyback function allows for the chronograph function to be reset to zero by simply pressing the lower pushbutton, simplifying the pilot or team members’ operations and offering the possibility of recording several consecutive times. The Type 20 Only Watch 2019 features the Valjoux 235 movement, which is derived directly from the Valjoux 222 used in the fifties.
Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019 / 2055ST/Z5/398
Round steel case. Solid caseback with engraving “Breguet Type 20 Only Watch 2019 Pièce Unique. Diameter 38.30 mm. Thickness 13.90 mm. Bidirectional rotating bezel with triangular markings for flight calculations. Rounded lugs. Pear-shaped crown. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters).
Bronze colored, signed Breguet. Hours chapter with luminescent Arabic numerals. 30-minute counter at
3 o’clock. Small seconds at 9 o’clock. Central chronograph counter. Luminescent hands.
Mechanical manually wound movement, column-wheel chronograph with flyback function. Numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. Valjoux 235. 13 lignes. 17 jewels. 45-hour power reserve. 183 components. In-line Swiss lever escapement. Annular balance wheel. Flat balance spring. Frequency 3 hertz.
Diameter: 38.3 mm / Thickness: 13.9 mm
The dial of the watch is inspired by the very rare civilian and military models with a bronze-colored dial sold at the time.