Generally speaking, the first iteration of any vintage model is always the most coveted, at least if you leave aside things like incredible provenance, or rare configurations such as a double-signed dial. In the case of the Cheap Breitling Replica 765 AVI, I think this does not solely explain why this watch is the holy grail for any Breitling collector. Indeed, this watch proves once again that Breitling was not joking around when it comes to chronographs: it simply looks like no other, in a very good way. What you might assume to be a “regular” date aperture at 3 o’clock is actually an indication of the elapsed minutes of the chronograph. This peculiar display makes total sense, since this Breitling Replica AVI was particularly designed to time the 15-minute pre-flight check of an airplane, where every minute counts.
Though the 765 AVI is a very contemporary-looking piece, this watch was actually released in 1953, ahead of its competitor the Breguet Type 20, which features a fairly similar chronograph seconds hand. Here, we actually get the very first iteration of the 765 AVI, as you can tell by the absence of the “Genève” line under the Breitling Replica Watches name. The chronograph indication is obtained from modifying a standard Venus 178, something Breitling was not shy about doing. The case and dial are in fairly spectacular condition themselves; even the smooth bezel does not exhibit many signs of aging.