Breitling Timepieces, 1884-Present

Breitling Timepieces, 1884-Present

by Benno Richter


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ISBN-13: 9780764310065
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: A Schiffer Book for Collectors Series
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.86(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.82(d)

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Benno Richter¿s book, Breitling: The history of a great brand of watches, 1884 to the present, 2 ed. (Schiffer Publishing, 2000), is a good introduction to the popular watch company¿s history and early product lines. Through a working relationship with Breitling and its present owners, the author is able to relate many little known facts about the company for both the novice and seasoned aficionado. The volume is filled with pictures of the various watch models, and a good deal of period literature such as catalog pages and advertisements about the products. The book is promoted as a guide for collectors. Along side each of the pictures, current market price ranges valid at the time of publication are quoted. They should be sufficient as guidance. The adept reader will note that some of the captions accompanying the pictures have been mismatched. Unfortunately, the majority of the pictures contained are black and white, at times obscuring the true beauty of the subjects and making it difficult to assess their proper value. Although the author specifically addresses this issue in the introduction, it would be more helpful to have color photographs. The plethora of catalog and advertising pages enhances the historic mission of the text. Most of these, unfortunately, are in languages other than English. This is odd when you consider that the entire book was translated. Perhaps in a future edition, Schiffer could translate the text of these in the captions or margins as well. As with all books of this genre, only models available prior to the publication date (2000) are presented. Due to the time required for translation, however, this date is optimistic. For people trying to determine the attributes of a vintage Breitling product, the list of reference numbers at the conclusion will be a great benefit despite its lack of explanation of the current numbering system. Consult the Unofficial Breitling FAQ for this information. As the author freely admits in his introduction, it is difficult to ever consider a book such as this complete. For the interested novice hungry for further information about this brand name though, the book is an excellent place to start. Longtime followers will find, however, that the story is far from complete.