When you think about timepiece collectors and amazing timepieces from 1965 you might think that it would be old news, but in fact the Breguet No. 1646 Diver Watch is just the opposite, it is a newly discovered vintage collectible from 1965 and making news here in 2014. A rare piece, there were only 60 pieces produced and the design is unique and extremely possible that there will be some modern updates coming for this remarkable watch.
A brand authentic timepiece like this is hard to find and while it took some of the design ideas from the Rolex Submariner; it has a tremendous amount of novel elements. The lume filled oversized hour markers are very attractive, the rotating bezel is perfectly sized and the case is actually very thin for a watch of this type. Featuring a screw-down caseback and crown it is water resistant and has a exquisite clean dial, with just the brand logo and date window.
Like the classic feel the vintage watch displays, the Breguet No. 1646 Diver has an A. Schild automatic mechanical movement on the inside, designed to be hard working and sporty. It is likely that this original piece was produced as a private design or commissioned for other use instead of a standard commercial timepiece. Whatever the reason for the manufacturing, it remains a quality timepiece that is extremely rare produced with the same quality and reliability as the more modern pieces.
This recent find of this rare piece has certainly stirred up many questions on the timepiece, and while some of those can be answered, many remain a mystery. The stainless construction is solid and durable, with brand heritage at the heart of every detail. Built on a foundation of horological art, the brand has delivered masterpieces to the scientific, financial, military, and diplomatic echelons since the beginning. From the self-winding perpetual timepieces to the repeating pieces to the shock-protection ones, every step has only enhanced the base this brand has been built on.
Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were long standing clients of the Breguet brand and today even more the innovation and vitality drive the brand to the greatest watch aficionados. Creative ingenuity has never wavered with the brand and the No. 1646 Diver is an elegant example of what is available with vintage selections or the latest in every timepiece that is produced.