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BREITLING Top Time Limited Edition ZORRO DIAL

Here’s a quick question for you - would you rather read about a mediocre diver’s watch or a lovely sports watch with a “Zorro dial”, a model of which was once worn by James Bond?

Perhaps I’ll post that diver another day, then.

Yes, Zorro and James Bond in one watch! The Zorro reference is an easy one – we’ll get to that in a moment –

but did you know that James Bond played by Sean Connery wore a Q Branch-modified, Breitling Top Time / Geiger-Counter in the 1965 Thunderball film?

Now, you can also get a retro Breitling Top Time LE dating back to 1965.

It won’t be able to detect radioactive emissions but it does comes with one of the most recognizable dials ever made, referred to as the “Zorro dial” by collectors.

The OG Top Time was launched by Breitling in the 1960s as a sports watch for “young and active professionals” kinda’ like us. There were several variants. Some later ones had really funky cases.

The 2020 Breitling Top Time offers a modern interpretation in a 41mm Stainless steel case with a dial that features an old school, decimal scale allowing for base 100 format measurements -

as well as those iconic black segments that surround the chrono counters between 2 and 4hr and 8 and 10hr recalling the famous Zorro mask.

The 30m water-resistant case houses a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber B23 chronograph movement and is limited to 2000 pieces.

The Breitling Top Time LE is presented on a brown Nubuck strap with a Stainless steel pin buckle. It has an MSRP of USD 4’990USD.

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