Replica Breguet since 2005 has made putting resources into European social hertitage part of its corporate mission and message. Its profound chronicled binds to France specifically can be found in its monetary backing of the Petit Trianon and the French Pavilion at Versailles, its sponsorship of craftsmanship corridor rebuilding at the Louver, financing a lobby committed to maritime flight in the National Navy Museum in Paris and supporting the production of the Salon Dore in the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.
The Replica Breguet Type XXI had perhaps a more useful reason for being created than the Replica Rolex Daytona. It was created back in the 50s for the French Air Force, and as per their specification, features a split seconds flyback chronograph.
What does that mean? A flyback chronograph works in just the same way as a normal chronograph replica watches, except you don’t need to stop the chronograph before you reset it. You can reset it while it’s running, the hands will jump back to zero and begin timing again. The split seconds means it’ll count two sets of seconds at the same time.
It also has a bi-directional timing bezel instead of a tachometer like the Rolex. There’s also a date window hiding there at 6 O’Clock. Also, if you can catch the light correctly you’ll see just how Breguet’s finished the dial which has been cleverly split into a small circle inside a big circle. There’s a brushed finish on the black dial and the inner circle is brushed in one direction and the outer circle is brushed in the other which gives this watch an amazing aura that you really have to see.
Under the 12 marker there’s the Breguet logo that’s been hand painted on there and under is are the words “retourner en vol” which refers to the flyback function. Like the Daytona there’s lume applied to the markers and hands on the Type XXI, but because the hands are larger than on the Rolex legibility will be in the Breguet’s favour. And then theres the coin edging on the side, let’s not get too distracted by that because as wonderful as it is it’s a Breguet hallmark.
Rolex used to use a Zenith movement in their Daytona, and you could easily tell as the seconds hand was at 9 O’Clock and with the in-house made movement it’s moved to 6. The Type XXI doesn’t use a movement made in-house at the Breguet facility. It’s made by a small company called Lemania. Before all the accusations fly and whatnot we should consider that Lemania has not only made movements before for the likes of all the big three (AP, VC & PP) but is also owned by Breguet anyway so while it’s not truly in-house in-house like the Rolex, the movement isn’t outsourced from a completely different company. Also, this movement is made by Lemania and is only allowed to be used in the Type XXI, not in anything else.
Just like the Speedmaster and the Breitling we had last time, both of these watches are water resistant but under no circumstances should you ever test that water resistance and especially never ever ever operate the chronograph under water. Only with a diving watch should you operate the chronograph under water if it’s stated that you can. Although given that replcia Breguet for sales recently withdrawn the Type XXI on their wonderful bracelet, I wouldn’t even want to get the leather straps damp if I could help it.