Breitling's name is synonymous with watch making excellence. Breitling has quite simply cornered the aviation watch market becoming the choice for accurate timekeeping of pilots around the globe. With expansions in dive watches and rugged sport watches Breitlings are a sought after timepieces world wide. Breitlings have become valuable commodities and if you are trying to sell your Breitling the wealth of information out there can be daunting. But like just about every industry one can exist in, knowledge is power. There are a few things everyone should know before they sell their Breitling.
Research, research, and research, are the three most important rules when selling any luxury timepiece and this is especially the case with a brand like Breitling who has been in existence since 1884. Many Breitlings do not have the model series or name listed on the dial. Research is the key for Breitling Models. You can post pictures on forums or simply go to an authorized Breitling dealer to find out the actual model, or just do some old fashioned research by compare and contrast on the internet.
Dating your Breitling’s year of manufacture is a little easier. Many serial number reference guides exist to date your Breitling and the manufacture itself started to date their watches between the lugs at the 6 o’clock position. Breitling Serial numbers can also be found on the back of the case. Breitling models have a code engraved into the case at the 6 o’clock position between te lugs that hold the bracelet. The first 4 digits of this code relate to the week and year the watch was manufactured. For example say the the code is 0910. The first two digits are the week number, and the others are the year. Deciphering the code tells us that the watch was made in Week 9 of 2010. Week 9 is the first week of March as the weeks are numbered from the start of the year.
It is not always easy, but with a little deductive reasoning, trial and error, and your friend the internet, determining the model name and serial number of your particular Breitling should not be too difficult. Do not open your watch to find the model number or serial number as you can often do more harm than good.
Once you know the model, research again. Is your particular model still being manufactured? What does it sell for on average in the pre-owned market? Research price points for the most recent 10 watches of that model sold. Next observe your watch with an eye for detail. Is it working? What condition are the Dial, Bracelet, and Bezel in? Are there scuffs, scratches, or dents? Are there engravings? Is it an automatic, manual, or quartz movement? Try to know your watch as much and with as much detail as you can. Again, do not open the watch, leave that to professionals.
How will you sell your Breitling with all your new found knowledge? EBay charges many fees and there are countless horror stories. Many buyers will not purchase from sellers on EBay without established reputations. These reputations can take years. Although it can be done, EBay is time consuming and there is a risk financially. Craigslist is the same but can also have risk physically as you are meeting strangers and exchanging valuable items with no protection. Your best answer is most likely a reputable dealer online or locally. Again when deciding on which online or local buyer to use, research is key.
Investigating and researching the company you will be negotiating with is arguably the most essential part of the entire process in selling your Breitling. Is the business you have chosen a creditable buyer? Do they have a strong relationship locally? Is the buyer a established name nationally? It is very important to research past customer experience. All accomplished buyers should have client reviews and past testimonials relating to customer experience and satisfaction. These reviews are essential for any established watch buyer. One or two client reviews are not hard to fake, hundreds of client reviews are extremely hard to fake. Not only are good reviews difficult to manufacture but hiding negative information is almost impossible. Many of the most established buyers have third party companies handle their reviews which will guarantee no duplicity.
One factor that is extremely important and often overlooked is experience. Make sure the company you sell to have been in existence for more than a few years. Many online and local companies are here today and gone tomorrow. Does the business they have a master watchmaker? The best companies online and locally will have a master watchmaker on staff. This is a fact many first time sellers overlook and is the difference between a true professional and someone trying to make a quick buck in the industry. Most importantly try to limit your choices to those that deal with watches and watches only. Jewelry stores are often the worst place to go, simply because their focus is jewelry not watches. Watches are an ancillary product to them.
Whatever domain you find yourself conducting business in, especially those dealing with valuable assets, it is imperative to be an informed consumer. A competent knowledge base will instill confidence in all of your future interactions with your present and future luxury watches. If you are still unsure about a certain aspect of the process, or there are questions you have that were not addressed, maybe you still feel a bit overwhelmed, feel free to contact us. We are here to help you. Even if you do not sell to us or buy from us, we want your undertaking with our company and watches in general to be an outstanding experience.
The following Breitling check lists contain a searchable Breitling serial number and model list, as well as a helpful observation checklist to be applied to your specific timepiece. We hope these tools will be useful as a good start to knowing your timepiece. Using these lists will give you a strong foundation in any future transactions you will experience with your Omega. We at Swiss Watch Expo hope we have shared some advice and experience that you have and will find helpful. If you have any trouble at any time, feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns. We look forward to speaking with you soon and wish you the best of luck.
|Year Made||Chronograph serial number range||Non Chronograph serial numbers|
|1944||563659-568959||298262 - 313351|
|1945||568971-636507||313352 - 354254|
|1946||636508-692266||354255 - 406688|
|1947||703562-717737||406689 - 417234|
|1948||717784-728688||417235 - 448093|
|1949||728724-740210||448094 - 467655|
|1950||740405-769843||467656 - 498512|
|1951||769844-808456||498513 - 592542|
|1952||808457-817915||592543 - 646974|
|1953||817916-832126||646975 - 660248|
|1954||832127-844123||660249 - 690037|
|1955||844124-868778||690038 - 740339|
|1956||868779-889562||740340 - 861841|
|1957||889563-898029||861842 - 881067|
|1958||898830-910504||881068 - 890396|
|1959||910505-922163||890397 - 903387|
|1960||922164-933063||903388 - 917613|
|1961||933064-947803||917614 - 971814|
|1962||947804-963553||971815 - 995108|
|1963||963554-975997||995109 - 996458|
|1964||975998-1002734||996459 - 998198|
|1965||1002735-1060398||998199 - 1000198|
|1966||1060399-1122809||1000199 - 1002543|
|1967||1122810-1204581||1002544 - 1002743|
|1968||1204582-1262904||1002744 - 1002943|
|1970||1337826-1356899||1002944 - 1003103|
|1971||1356900-1382203||1003104 - 1003153|
|1972||1382204-1406566||1003154 - 1003213|
|1975||1433373-1439417||1003214 - 1003713|
|1976||1439418-1442922||1003714 - 1004083|
|1977||1442923-1448464||1004084 - 1004183|