In 1953, Breitling launched its Ref. 765 AVI, a pilot’s watch (AVI stood for “aviation”) known as the “Co-Pilot”. It had a particularly bold look with a rotating bezel and oversized Arabic numerals, and its impressive legibility made it a favorite among aviators. Breitling is honoring this classic chronograph’s legacy with the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition.
Press Release with Commentary
The new AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is a carefully researched and crafted re-edition of the legendary Co-Pilot and is based on one of the early iterations from that year. The Co-Pilot was a 1950s interpretation of the onboard clocks designed and produced by Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department in the 1930s and 1940s, which have already provided inspiration for the watches in the Aviator 8 collection.
Commentary: At first glance, the Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is a dead ringer for the Breguet Type 20 (later renamed XX). Interestingly, the Breguet which featured a flyback chronograph, was also created for aviation and first came to the civilian market in 1953, the very same year as the original Co-Pilot. Perhaps this design for a aviation chronograph was the fashion of the day.
The new watch coexists comfortably with another Breitling icon: the Navitimer, with its famous circular slide rule, established its sterling reputation for flight calculations, while the Co-Pilot, with its superior legibility and rugged construction, was particularly valued as a reliable companion equal to the challenges of aerial activity in the most extreme of circumstances.
Commentary: It is with interest that we watch Georges Kern as he re-invents Breitling. When he first came on board as CEO of Breitling, the first tasks of the day was to revamp the collection and to realign the market focus. He did that with relative ease, as witnessed by the introduction of the Breitling Navitimer 8 collection and the Premier Collection. He also axed the Colt, but retained the others, including the popular Super Ocean line. And with this re-edition, like the re-edition of the Navitimer 806 1959 re-edition from 2019, he continues to stoke the fires of the hardcore Breitling collectors.
The Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition
The AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is the brand’s second historical re-edition. The first, the Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition, was one of the most popular releases of 2019 – and the new watch is set to follow in its footsteps. Georges Kern knows that the new watch will enjoy the same enthusiastic reception as the previous Re-Edition, saying: “It was always clear to us that long-time Breitling fans would embrace these watches. But it’s also exciting to see how strongly they appeal to people who are new to our brand – they can take one look at a Re-Edition and see how much living history, innovation, and cool luxury we can pack into a single watch.”
The AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is being produced in a limited series of 1953 pieces, each of which will be numbered “ONE OF 1953”. The watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, a manually wound mechanical chronograph movement based on the brand’s celebrated in-house Manufacture Caliber 01. The B09 was designed with the Re-Edition models in mind, and, like all Breitling movements, it is a COSC-certified chronometer.
Commentary: The Breitling Caliber B09 movement is a high grade mechanical chronograph manufactured and designed in-house by Breitling. This movement is featured in all flagship chronograph movements within all Breitling product families. The movement is also supplied by Breitling to Tudor for use in the Black Bay Chronograph.
Breitling’s Re-Edition Watches – Attention to Detail, Respect for a Legacy
Breitling’s Re-Edition watches are created with painstaking attention to detail. Every effort is made to ensure that each one is a faithful reproduction of the original.
The AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition features the same Arabic numerals as the 1953 Co-Pilot as well as hand-applied Super-LumiNova®, the color of which has been carefully chosen to recall the luminescent material on the original. The 41.1-millimeter stainless-steel case is also identical, and the bezel is secured by three screws that are placed in precisely the same positions as those on the watch from 1953. The watch features thin syringe hands, which exactly match those on the earliest examples, and a domed hesalite crystal that has been fashioned in precisely the same shape as the original.
There are only two concessions that distinguish this new timepiece from its famous ancestor: the water resistance of the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition has been improved to 3 bar (30 meters/100 feet) compared to the original version, and keen-eyed observers will also see that “GENEVE” no longer appears on the dial.
The Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition is presented on a black vintage-inspired leather strap with a pin buckle and comes with a five-year warranty.
The Breitling AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition in Precious Metals
There is no question that Breitling aficionados will be drawn to the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition and a chance to wear a piece of history on their wrists.
Breitling will also be releasing the AVI 1953 Edition in two striking precious-metal versions. The first is crafted in 18 k red gold with a black dial and a brown vintage-inspired leather strap. This model will have a limited-edition run of 253 pieces, and “ONE OF 253” will be engraved on its caseback. The second is being produced in platinum and features a blue dial and a gold vintage-inspired leather strap. This extraordinary version will be available in a limited edition of only 153 pieces, a fact that will be verified by “ONE OF 153” engraved on the back of the platinum case.
These AVI 1953 Edition watches created using precious metals also offer water resistance to 3 bar (30 meters/100 feet) and feature hand-applied Super-LumiNova®, the color of which calls to mind the luminescent material on the original watch.
Breitling AVI REF. 765 1953 Re-edition Specifications
Reference: AB0920131B1X1 (SS) RB0920131B1X1 (RG) LB0920131C1X1 (PT)
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09 Diameter: 30 millimeters Depth: 6.73 millimeters Winder: mechanical hand-wound Power reserve: approximately 70 hours Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz Chronograph: column-wheel, vertical clutch, 1/5th second, 15-minute and 12-hour counters Display: hour, minute, second Certification: COSC-certified
Material: stainless steel, red gold or platinum Diameter: 41.1 millimeters Height: 13.95 millimeters Water resistance: up to 3 bar (30 meters/100 feet) Glass: hesalite, convex Caseback: screwed, stainless steel Crown: non-screw-locked, gasket Bezel: bidirectional
Black Super-LumiNova® luminescent numerals, hour and minute hands
Black vintage-inspired leather strap with pin buckle