Masterpiece of the pilot watch! Warm up your collector's love with the Type XX Aeronaval early model that enthusiasts around the world recognize.
A watch worn by a pilot that looks like something out of a black-and-white military movie from a while ago. Have you ever caught your eye and thought it was cool?
If you have such an experience, there is a luxury watch that I would definitely recommend. It is not a luxury watch that everyone knows or wears, but a brand for advanced users who can enjoy a little more commitment to watches, and is a recommended gem loved by true enthusiasts.
Type XX Aeronaval early type gold crown Ref.3800ST/92/3W6
[What is Type XX Aeronaval Early Type? ]
The Type XX Aeronaval Early Model is the third-generation pilot's watch that Breguet has sold to the private sector since 1995 . Breguet has delivered the military watch "Type 20 (1st generation)" to the French Air Force since the 1950s, and Breguet's type collection has its roots in the military watch "Type 20".
The first generation type 20, which Breguet delivered about 2000 pieces to the French Air Force in 1954. There is no brand logo design on the dial. Chrysanthemum crown and 30-minute totalizer are characteristic.
(Source) Phillips Auctioneers "Four Incredibly Rare Breguet Type XX Chronographs"
The reason why it was named "Type 20" is after the project name of the French Air Force.
According to the prestigious Philips Auction, which attracts international collectors of the world's most important works of art, jewelry, watches, and photographs, the Type 20, which does not have a brand name on the dial, has the manufacturer and manufacturer on the back of the case. It is said to be engraved with information such as the issue number, repair date, and usage period .
Manufacturer and issue number stamped on the back of the case, repair date, usage period, etc.
From 1965 to the early 1970s, Breguet arranged and sold the "Type 20" for the private sector. Civilian watches will be named "Type XX" to distinguish them from military models.
The details of the "Type XX" at this time have been inherited by the early model of the 3rd generation Type XX Aeronaval manufactured from 1995 to 2013.
The Type XX Aeronaval early model was manufactured until around 2000, and since then it has been recognized by enthusiasts as a late model with minor changes .
Civilian "Type XX" manufactured from 1965 to the early 1970s. Its features have been inherited by the 3rd generation Type XX Aeronaval Early Type.
(Source) Phillips Auctioneers "Four Incredibly Rare Breguet Type XX Chronographs"
Among military watch collectors around the world, the Type XX Aeronaval is one of the collections they want to own . Now, let's check the five points that represent the early model of the 3rd generation Type XX Aeronaval.
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Early Type
[What is the difference between Type XX Aeronaval Early Type and Late Type? ]
1. Crown made of gold material
The gold crown used in the initial model . No matter what angle you look at it, it's casually cool.
The late model has been changed to SS material . Since the crown is a consumable item, it may be replaced with a late-type SS material crown during after-sales maintenance, so the early-type gold crown is valuable.
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Early Type Gold Crown
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Late Model Crown
The folding buckle of the initial model is a double-opening type specification . The late model has been changed to a single-opening buckle specification .
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Early Type Buckle
3rd Generation Type XX Late Aeronaval Buckle
3. breguet logo
The BREGUET "t" designed on the initial dial has no horizontal bar. It inherits the "Type 20" logo design . The late model has been changed to a design with a horizontal bar .
3rd generation Type XX Aeronaval early type "T"
3rd Generation Type XX Late Aeronaval "T"
Four. tritium noctilucent
Tritium is used for the initial type of luminous paint . Late models have been changed to Superluminova specifications .
*Photographed in the dark after applying a black light.
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Early Type Tritium Luminous
5. 200M waterproof
The early model has a 200M waterproof function, while the latter model has a 100M waterproof function .
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Early Type 200M Water Resistant
3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval Late Model 100M Water Resistant
[3rd Generation Type XX Aeronaval What do the early and late models have in common? ]
So far we've looked at the differences between the early and late models, but now let's explore what they have in common. There are three points.
1. Coin edge case side design
The common point is the case side of the coin edge that is familiar with Breguet's case design. By applying a sophisticated coin-edge case design to the Type XX Aeronaval, which has its roots in military watches, it creates beauty and elegance in a powerful pilot's watch!
3rd Generation Type ⅩⅩ Aeronaval Early Type Coin Edge
The high design of the uniform coin edge is a gem that makes you feel the historical dreadfulness that has captivated the royal family of Breguet as customers.
The image below is an improved "Type 20" that had been delivered to the French army with 2000 pieces, and the specification has been changed to a 15-minute accumulator. You can also see the coin edge design on the bezel in this "Type 20".
The first generation "Type 20" with an improved totalizer of 15 minutes. It is said that about 500 pieces with the brand logo on the dial were delivered to the Air Force.
(Source) Breguet official website
(URL) https://www.breguet.com/en/History/Chronology/Chronology/Chronographs “Type-20” and “Type-xx”, the bond between watchmaking and aviation
2. 39mm case size
The 39mm case size, which fits comfortably on the wrist, is common .
3. Masterpiece Lemania (now Breguet) Cal.582 with flyback chronograph
The 3rd generation Type XX Aeronaval uses Lemania's Cal.582 as the first self-winding flyback chronograph for civilian use .
Speaking of Lemania, it is a Swiss general-purpose movement supplier that was once acquired by Breguet. It is now part of the Swatch Group along with Breguet.
By the way, the "Type 20" delivered to the French Air Force is equipped with Valjoux's Cal.222, which has a flyback chronograph function. The appeal of the flyback chronograph function, which has gained tremendous popularity among pilots for its ease of measurement, has been inherited by the third-generation Type XX.
Masterpiece Lemania (now Breguet) Cal.582 with flyback chronograph
[Type XX Aeronaval is a recommended model for what kind of person? ]
Following its military watch trajectory, Aeronaval is a favorite of hardcore watch enthusiasts. It is very rare for users to choose Aeronaval because it is out of fashion, so it is recommended for those who are considering a valuable pilot watch with a semi-vintage feel at a price of around 1 million yen, not a luxury watch that everyone knows.
Breguet's name recognition is not the same as Rolex or Omega, even among those who are not familiar with luxury watches. Who knows, know! Breguet is a long-established Swiss luxury watchmaker .
[What is the difference from Transatlantic? ]
Both models are similar and many people get confused. The difference between Aeronaval and Transatlantic is the presence or absence of a date function .
Compare the two images below. The Transatlantic on the left has a date display at 6 o'clock . On the other hand , the Aeronaval on the right has no date .
Bezel finishing methods differ depending on the age, so let's find your favorite type.
(Left) Transatlantic (Right) Aeronaval
[What is the fee for repairs (overhaul, etc.) after purchase? ? ]
Breguet is part of the Swatch Group, the world's largest conglomerate of Swiss watch companies. The brands that gather under the Swatch Group are famous for being able to provide careful after-sales maintenance services without parallel disparities .
It doesn't matter if it's a domestic genuine product or a parallel import product, it's a safe system for enthusiasts who have a long relationship with watches to receive maintenance such as overhaul at the same price. The basic charge for overhaul is 200,200 yen (tax included) .
If there is an irregularity such as "damage or water intrusion", replacement parts etc. will be added to the basic charge as a separate fee. By the way, if you need to replace the important gold crown, if there is no stock in Japan, it seems that the gold crown will be ordered from Switzerland and installed. (June 2023)
*Repair fees and replacement details are subject to change without notice, so please check for your reference. For more information, please contact the Swatch Customer Center.
(Source) Swatch Group official website
[worried trade-in purchase circumstances! ? ]
The reference list price of Aeronaval, whose production was discontinued, was 840,000 yen (tax included). On the other hand, the used sales price is a premium price of about 950,000 to 1,122,000 yen (tax included). (as of June 2023)
The assessed amount varies depending on the condition and the presence or absence of accessories, but our current estimate is around 700,000 yen. (as of June 2023)
If you purchase an Aeronaval on our official website or in stores and then consider trading it in or buying it, you can enjoy the Aeronaval at a price of around 250,000 to 422,000 yen.
*It is an approximate assessment amount when you purchase a product that we sell at this time. Thank you for your understanding. (As of June 2023)
Breguet is a brand with a long history and is known for being trusted by high-end watchmakers . It is a well-known story that past big customers were loved by royal aristocrats such as Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI of the Kingdom of France, and Poléon Bonaparte.
Breguet is chosen by people who want to move up from the introductory stage to the second stage of luxury watches, and enthusiasts who show an understanding of long-established brands.
The Type XX Aeronaval is a model that you should definitely pick up if you are looking for a semi-vintage pilot's watch that is recognized by enthusiasts around the world, rather than seeking high name recognition.
The initial type model of Type XX Aeronaval is a rare watch. The number of discontinued models is limited, so don't miss this chance to get a good resale value!