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    Older Colt II as beater watch?

    Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to read my thread. I'm looking for a beater watch, and one of my prime contenders is the Breitling Colt II.

    I'm considering several models, including the A17040, the A17360, and the A32350 GMT, and even the quartz A74380. These are all sometimes available for around $1000-1200, which seems like a pretty good buy for this watch, even considering that most of them are very well worn. I'm not bothered by scratches and dings, even lots of them, but will insist that the watch be 100% original.

    My question for you Breitling experts - is there any reason this is a bad idea? Anything I should know about this particular model or vintage, such as known, recurring problems, or prolific counterfeiting?

    I'm new to Breitling and the size of these classics is really perfect for my needs, and I love the idea of having a watch I don't need to worry about scratching.

    Thanks in advance, guys!

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    Hmm nobody? How about a picture bump...

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    Sounds like a great idea to me. TBH, any Breitling on your wrist is a good idea, irrespective of price point. Orange dial would be lovely and the quartz is good for 6-8 years between battery changes. Can't fault any of them.
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    Re: Older Colt II as beater watch?

    I've a Colt GMT A32350 for five years now and it is very good watch, keeps excellent time, well within specs. I have no reason to discredit it.
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    Re: Older Colt II as beater watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfred.newman View Post
    I've a Colt GMT A32350 for five years now and it is very good watch, keeps excellent time, well within specs. I have no reason to discredit it.
    http://forums.watchuseek.com/attachm...6&d=1405443055
    Very nice! How does the 40.5mm case wear on the wrist, being fairly thick? Does the bracelet feel substantial at 20mm?

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    A17360 is a perfect size and it has a great durable feel that is hard to explain ...
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    Re: Older Colt II as beater watch?

    I've actually been looking for an older model Superocean or Colt to have as a weekend beater myself. Good luck with your search, I think either would fit the bill perfectly.
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    Re: Older Colt II as beater watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by daschlag View Post
    Very nice! How does the 40.5mm case wear on the wrist, being fairly thick? Does the bracelet feel substantial at 20mm?
    Case is indeed kinda thick, it does wear higher than other ETA three/four hand movement-based automatic watches that I own, but less high than Valjoux based chronos. I think it is related to the dive+flight bezel style of the Aeromarine series, perhaps.
    Since I prefer watches within the 40-44 mm range, 40.5 mm fits well to my personal preference. Fact is that I think it still wears nicely under the cuffs, not a problem.
    As for the bracelet, the "Professional II" is really shiny, and it is not that heavy. As other B's bracelets, it is very well built. Scratches tend to show easily, though, due to the nature of the polished material, if you compare to brushed bracelets, and that would be a minus considering that you want it as a beater, if you tend (as me) to bump the bracelet around.
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    Older Colt II as beater watch?

    Thanks guys, great info! I got pretty close to winning a nice A17360 today, but it went a little higher than I was willing to go, no b&p or extra links.

    Can someone please confirm the dimensions on the A17040? I'm seeing conflicting specs, some say 40, 40.5, 41.5, and even 42mm.
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    Have you thought about a Steelfish? Hefty, brushed. A total beast for not much more than a Colt.



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