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New-to-me 1969 Breitling Ref. 2116 Cal 11. LE 1/100 18k YG

  1. bradurani Jun 8, 2021

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    Hi All, I bought this recently. It's my first Breitling. I'm a vintage Seiko collector, so this is a bit out-of-my-depth, but the price was right so I took a chance. It's a 1969 Breitling 2116. It has the Caliber 11, the historically significant caliber created by Buren, Brietling, Hamilton and Heuer to compete with Seiko and Zenith to release the world's first automatic chronograph (Seiko won IMO). It's a limited edition 1/100 done in solid 18k yellow gold near the end of 1969.
    What do you think, how did I do?
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  2. Mafkees Jun 8, 2021

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    I wasn't aware limited edition watches were done that early in time. For some reason, I always figured it was a modern time marketing gimmick. Of course, limited supply was a factor due to low movement production count (take for example Omega cal. 551) but in those cases, the limited supply wasn't used as marketing.

    Regardless, you landed yourself a stellar piece. Enjoy!
     
  3. ngo516 Jun 8, 2021

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    nice find. That dial looks minty.
    Do you know who serviced it last?
    The reason I’m asking because a couple of well known guys in my area refused to service Cal11, due to limited or no parts. Even LA Watchworks turned it down.

    took a while to find a trusty watchmaker to service my Monaco 1133B, Cal11.
    I’d like to have a second option for this old gal.
     
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  4. Walrus Jun 8, 2021

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    That looks like a hefty gold case. Really nice dial and that old B script on breitling always gets me. Such a nice watch. Looks like it stood the test of time well at 18kt