So one of my grail watches has always been a Breitling Datora. Although my true love is the Ref. 799 and Ref. 805, I recently came across a lovely Ref. 785. Before purchasing it, however, I wanted to hear some thoughts from the pro's as to the history of this watch.
The story I got:
"This watch belonged to my mother in law's first husband that was a pilot. It has been stored in a safety deposit box for over 30 years. It has not been serviced and I do not know if it works. We have not messed with it because we did not want to damage it in any way."
If you ask me, too good to be true...that being said...I'm praying that is accurate.
Two details stick out to me about this particular model:
1) Gold case and stainless caseback. Reads: "STAINLESS STEEL BACK" + serial # + ref #
- a) Is it possible this is a solid gold case that had the caseback replaced with that of a all-stainless model?
- b) Is it possible this watch was all-stainless and the previous owner had the case replated in gold?
- c) Is it possible this is a gold-plated model that came with a stainless back?
- d) other
2) The serial Number on the caseback is: 745xxx. This ages the watch at 1950. I do not know the production years of the Ref. 785 and would love to know, for better or for worse.
Other than that, everything looks good on the surface. Unfortunately, the current seller does not know anything about watches and refused to take the caseback off, for fear of damaging the watch.
Let me know what y'all think. I tried looking for a comprehensive history of the Datora line, but came up with nothing :/
Thanks in advance for any guidance you bestow upon me.