Breitling Duograph Serial Number Project

Below is an aggregation all of the vintage Breitling Duograph I have found of any reference. Please keep in mind that, as with other research projects, there can be franken/fake pieces on this list. Those pieces I will discuss in greater depth in the Fake Breitling Duograph section.

Serial number ranges I have seen for the Breitling Duograph: 510xxx – 1354xxx, corresponding to roughly 1944 to 1970. The range above is limited due to few of these pieces known, and of those known, many are without visible serial number. My understanding is that Breitling started keeping production records in 1944, with the ability with a serial number to provide reference, case material, and calibre. It appears that there were no records kept of different execution dials or other traits of the watch, such as hands, pushers, etc. While Breitling used sequential serial numbers, you would have different references immediately following each other, and production batches of the same reference split over different years. Further, it sounds that information was lost when Breitling was sold in 1979 to Ernest Schneider. There is information in Benno Richter’s book “Breitling: The History of a Great Brand of Watches 1884 to the Present“, though forums recognize that while this work contributes to our understanding, there are errors. Not surprising, however, as the 1946 catalog alone had 250 different watches, mainly chronographs. And that number makes it even more difficult to determine what may be genuine.

The watches represented on each row in the table below are intended to be unique, though given serial numbers are often not shown for images, the same watch may appear multiple times. I do my best to use visual cues to pair the same watch posted at different times. When the serial number can’t be established, I give the timepiece a unique ID (based on any part that is known, plus a related date posted).

If you see any duplicates, errors, or if you know of others to include, please contact me with a link and/or images and serial number if available.

Description of pieces are generally based upon public images/video. For some detail, I do not have images and have to rely on text descriptions from the individual posting the timepiece. Some elements are often difficult to determine from pictures, including color of hands, for example if the register hands are black or blue. If I have a 50-50 guess, I leave the detail as “unknown.”

While I attempt to link to images, often the images are removed from the reference website, or they are in a format that cannot be processed, and no picture will be displayed in the table. Please use the URL link for images, if available.

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Breitling Duograph Serial Project

The above table, and data contained therein, is subject to Alpha Hands LLC Terms and Conditions