Finally, I have my perfect chronograph

Sep 12, 2021,13:46 PM

In all the years using chronographs, I put together a list of the features I would like to have, but never had combined in one watch:

+ center minute counter
+ twelve hours counter
+ date
+ Flyback
+ bidirectionally revolving bezel

The closest I came to this many years ago when coveting the original Zenith Rainbow Flyback (yes, the colourful one), which, however, was too expensive for me back then.

When Breguet released the Type XXI, I immediately saw that perfect combination, and after handling the titanium version in Basel in 2011, I thought I definitely wanted that watch. But you know what? Yes, the price issue.

Now, then years later, I finally was ready for the purchase. Funnily, though, the formerly favoured titanium version did not really topuch my heart anymore, since in my eyes, it looks too "professional". And I already have such "professional" pilot chronographs, be it from Zenith, Sinn, Heuer, etc. Also the more recent versions of the Type XXI, with the oversized numerals did not seem right to me. The original version, however, was a perfect complement to my collection, since it offers the desired functionality, but at the same time is clearly a luxury product: the fluted case sides, the sparkling facets of the highly polished hour markers, the finely styled classic numerals of the date (even if this makes them less legible than a simple sans-serif typeface), and, above all, a dial that is sometimes described as black, sometimes as brown, but is rather similar to the dark smoked glass doors that once were popular on HiFi system racks.

The only thing I am not fond of is the original alligator strap, which is stiff, and completely covers the beautiful fluting between the lugs. Yet with a 22mm lug distance, there is ample supply of straps available, and for the summer I found a nice olive textile strap from my Zenith P15.


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Congratulations on completeing the chase!

 By: Mario : September 12th, 2021-14:18
That second photo with the olive strap is a stunner.


 By: Cookies : September 12th, 2021-18:03
I remember Markus’s posts from years before. They were top notch. This Breguet is very high on my list too. The pairing with the green nylon is nice, very military. I can almost imagine a Marine Nationale strap will be great on this piece.

Thanks a lot ...

 By: Marcus Hanke : September 13th, 2021-13:23
I admit that the watch industry has not really excited me during the last years; barely anything that tempted me to try or buy. But I acquired the one or other "youngtimer", watches that I liked when they were released at least a decade ago, and which I c... 


 By: Cookies : September 12th, 2021-18:05
Stunning piece. This category is unfilled in my collection. I have placed this piece on top with the Blancpain Bathyscaphe flyback 2nd to this (due to the thickness and bulkiness of that beauty)

It is, indeed.

 By: Marcus Hanke : September 13th, 2021-13:23

They are the coolest

 By: redbox : September 13th, 2021-18:02


 By: Steve (UK) : September 14th, 2021-04:36
I also have the exact same watch. It is my everyday wearer and it still gives me pleasure when I look at it, I love it ...