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    Huber/Breitling Chronograph pocket watch?

    Looking to pick this up for a few bucks but can't find jack about it on the web except:
    It is a german boutique jeweler's private brand from 1930's. Maybe.
    Military, maybe.
    A minerva movement?
    Anyone familiar with this?
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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    It was just firmly suggested to me by someone who owns the same piece that the movement exactly matches a Montbrillant movement so it must only be a Breitling under private label,Huber is the Jeweler who sold it....plausible?

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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    Just saw how tiny my uploaded pics were...sheesh, will get appropriate ones up asap.

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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    A seller of the identical piece ,except white dial, maintains that although unmarked, this movement can only be a Montbrillant 17''' caliber. The only markings on mine are a serial# near the balance wheel, reads 140550M. Can this movement easily be misidentified as another ? Or by appearance alone must it only be a Montbrillant?
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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    hello
    Valjoux 61
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    regards enrico
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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    How to tell the difference between an early montbrillant caliber 17'''and the later valjoux you posted? Am I correct to say that the handmade Breitling Montbrillant would be 1932 or earlier and the later valjuox would be machine produced and began 1940 with no caliber 17''' produced in the years between? Does the serial number I posted help identify?

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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    I suspect that the Montbrilliant you saw also had a Valjoux 61 in it. Breitling were not exactly famous for making their own chronograph movements - most of the time, they used ebauches (in their wrist watches, mostly Venus whereas rivals Heuer concentrated on Valjoux). Any differences between this and the Montbrilliant would be due to end user finissage.

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    Re: Huber Chronograph pocket watch

    Thanks Harmut. Was under the impression that since the valjoux is the same as the montbrillant caliber 17''' except for production dates, the key to understanding and valuing this watch is dating the movement....it's either pre-1932 or post 1940 with none produced in between? I imagine the value would vary greatly between the two production dates. Here is a link to the one I'm referencing it from.
    Huber-Breitling Pocket-Chronograph-BA018
    How to tell? Does my serial number ring a bell with other Montbrillant owners? Greatly appreciate your thoughts.

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    Re: Huber/Breitling Chronograph pocket watch?

    Any writing/markings on the movement (on the balance cock or under the balance wheel especially)?
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    Re: Huber/Breitling Chronograph pocket watch?

    Nada,only a serial number and it is stamped deep down and aside of the balance wheel. In my pic of the open back it is at approximately 7:00...It is followed by an "M"?

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