The Breguet ref.5247 BR

Aug 10, 2019,08:14 AM

Quite a while since I last actively participated in the forum.

In the meantime I visited regularly and I still appreciate the very kind way of communicating between the participants without
the roughness that unfortunately has become the norm for many internet forums these days!

For my re-entry I have chosen to present some thoughts and images about my beloved Breguet 5247 in rose gold.
In fact, this is for me a true "purist watch" highlighting many of the traditional values of watchmaking.

The watch has a lot of the typical Breguet DNA : the coined case, the lugs, the numerals and hands. On top it comes with a lovely white enamel dial.

The movement is based on the famous Lemania 2310 which, for many years ,was THE reference for manual chronographs and still today impresses with it's beautiful architecture.

Used by many of the most prestigious brands, the movement is however pretty small (when developed,the typical diameter for a man's chronograph was 36 mm).
Attempts to put this movement into larger +40 mm cases have not always been successful with clear signs of the typical " small movement - large case" syndrom.

The 39 mm case of the Breguet is probably the upper limit which makes for a harmonious looking sub-dial placement ( the VC Cornes de Vache is another superb application).

The movement finish is very good without however approaching Lange or PP standards ...

Here some images of the watch :

Thanks for looking,

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Gerard, these pictures are gorgeous, and the watch is sublime. I love the 5247 Chrono so much that it is on my list. In white gold.

 By: amanico : August 10th, 2019-08:27
It has a lot of charm in rose gold. It enhances its vintage look. So, manual winding movement, and a nice one, plus an enamel dial... Two good reasons to have it. As you said, 39 mm is a maximum. I really like it. Thanks for your post. You should post mor... 

I never saw one in white gold but that is certainly also a superb combination.

 By: jlux : August 10th, 2019-08:34
Definitely will post now on a more regular basis ...

Here it is...

 By: amanico : August 10th, 2019-08:39

The white gold makes for a completely different character !

 By: jlux : August 10th, 2019-08:53
More contemporary and certainly more versatile. At the time when I got the watch I was not even aware of a white gold white enamel version. Must be pretty rare ...

That’s a very seductive watch!

 By: cazalea : August 10th, 2019-09:14
I’ve looked at Breguet many times but they always left me cold (including the white gold example) but your watch’s mix of colorful gold plus white and red is really superb! Thanks Cazalea

"The movement finish is very good without however approaching Lange or PP standards ..." I don't agree..... ;-)

 By: Rapwatch : August 10th, 2019-10:12
Lange maybe. But PP, no way. I think you are selling your amazing piece short. I am a massive fan of the effort Breguet puts in. Everywhere. Here is a 5070 chronograph wheel bridge: That is a poorly executed inner angle on one of the 'front of house' comp...  

Thanks for this comparison.

 By: jlux : August 10th, 2019-11:07
This is very interesting and maybe my assessment was not correct. I did not have the possibility to compare directly with a 5070.

Excellent, your post is a gem.

 By: Spangles - Mr. Tabby : August 10th, 2019-11:53
Thank you.

What a beautiful watch and pictures.

 By: kev09 : August 10th, 2019-23:35
The close up of the enamel dial is mesmerising. I’m curious about the little figure which appears in various places around the dial (it’s like a little stick man) - any information? Regards Kev.

Thanks Nicolas but they don’t look like stars to me.

 By: kev09 : August 11th, 2019-01:46
I thought they may be some ancient, arcane French symbol but they still look like stick men to me. Whatever they are they don’t detract in any way from that gorgeous dial. I love the whole watch. Regards Kev.

Looks like stylized bees to me.

 By: dms : August 11th, 2019-05:43
Similar to what we see on the small second hand... but I look forward to the official explanation.