Breguet adds rare 1957 Type XX Chronograph to its museum collection

The Breguet Museum has added a rare Type XX 1957 Chronograph to its archive collection. The watch represents the first generation of timepieces developed for the general public. It features a brushed steel case with slightly curved lugs, a 38mm case fitted with a screw-in back, as well as a graduated rotating bezel. Its ‘tropical’ dial has acquired a unique patina over the years. The piece was gifted to the winners of the 1959 Monte Carlo car rally by Esso and was sold at an auction organised by Pescheteau-Badin in Paris.

Breguet began developing its first wrist chronographs in 1935. Twenty or so years later, it launched production of the Type XX as part of a commission from the French armed forces. The chronograph was used by the French Air Force and French Fleet Air Arm from the early 1980s onwards. The Type XX proved so successful that the Manufacture issued it in a civilian version equipped with a “flyback” function. Favoured by pilots, this horological complication instantly resets to zero-reset the chronograph hand with a mere press on the lower pusher.

Breguet Type XX from 1957_Front_Copyright Bruno Simon

The Type XX chronograph will be displayed during London’s City Concours event on the 7th and 8th June as part of the Breguet exhibition.

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