Breguet presents a faithful re-edition of its renowned pilot’s watch, produced as a one-of-a-kind piece for Only Watch 2021. Following on from the Type 20 military chronograph put up for sale at the 2019 auction, this new model pays tribute to the civilian editions of the Type XX chronograph from the 1950s and 1960s. It meticulously reproduces the visual and mechanical codes of this emblematic Breguet timepiece.
Its 38.30mm diameter case us as per the original, as well as atypical curvature of the horns embellished by a lateral bevel along with some generously-sized pushbuttons .Unlike its military versions, this unique piece comes equipped with a straight crown, as seen in the Type XX civilian-use models.
The bidirectional steel bezel has been given the same attention to precision on this piece, which comes fitted with a 12-hourscale, along with aluminous triangular marker that is strongly inspired by the first generation of civilian Type XX pieces.
This model is also notable for its rather specific dial, the bronze color is a nod to the extremely rare civilian and military models with dials colored in this way that were sold at the time. Following sustained exposure to sunlight or moonlight, black dials may acquire a bronze hue.
The Type XX Only Watch 2021chronograph features a small-seconds subdial at nine o’clock and a 30-minute totalizer at three o’clock with an increased diameter, luminous markers and the teardrop-shaped hand that differ from the original military versions.
This watch offers excellent readability in all conditions, while the shape of the hands leads them to be colloquially referred to as “syringes”. Both the hands and the large Arabic numerals are treated with Super-LumiNova®. The Breguet signature is visible at 12o’ clock, as one would expect on a civilian version.
The Type XX Only Watch 2021 comes equipped with a Valjoux 23513-line movement, directly derived from the Valjoux 22214 lines used by Breguet in the 1950s and early 1960s. This hand-wound column wheel chronograph movement has been restored and returned to service by the House of Breguet. In doing so, the Type XX Only Watch 2021 respects the historical functions and proportions of the pieces upon which it is based. Of course, this movement is fitted with the flyback function.
As with the original, the Breguet Type XX Only Watch 2021 is fitted with a screwed steel caseback providing water resistance to 30 meters. It also features “Only Watch 2021 Pièce Unique” wording engraved on the case back.
This unique model features a calf skin leather strap with a steel pin buckle, and is presented in an airplane wing-shaped case.
Model: Breguet Type XX ONLY WATCH 2021
Round steel case
Solid caseback with engraving “Breguet Type XX Only Watch 2021 Pièce Unique”
Diameter: 38.30 mm
Thickness: 13.90 mm
Bidirectional graduated rotating bezel with triangular markings for flight calculations
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 “syringe” type hands
Mechanical manually wound movement, column-wheel chronograph with flyback function
Numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. Valjoux 235
45-hour power reserve
In-line Swiss lever escapement
Annular balance wheel
Flat balance spring
Frequency: 3 hertz