Breitling Top Time 810
1964 – In the collector’s head, this year resonates as the year of release of the mythical Heuer Carrera. The ultimate sport chronograph.
This is also this year Breitling offers the top time reference 810, dedicated to a young and dynamic audience.
On the extract from the official communication to the distributors above, we can see the 2 versions that will be proposed as of 1964.
1964 – 1967 Mk 1.1
The top time is a large chronograph for its time. While the carrera is 36mm, the top time has a case of 38mm diameter.
From 1964 to 1966, the case of the mk1 version is an EPSA monocoque case (Ervin Piquerez SA): the movement is only accessible by removing the dial …
In 1966, the case evolves: it retains the same shape but has a clipped back.
Lugs are fluid and nicely integrated in the case.
Dial / Hands:
The Mk1.1 is released with 2 dials:
- Reverse panda: black dial and white counters
- Full silver : silver dial and silver counters
The dial of the reverse panda version features long tritium indexes that touch subdials with a signature B Breitling Geneve at 12hr and Top Time at 6hr above the hour totalizer.
The dial of the full silver version has applied indexes, also touching the subdials. Each applied index is supplemented by a tritium plot.
The hands are specific to this first execution: thin and white with a tritium insert inside for the reverse panda version, and thin steel with tritium insert for the full silver version.
This is the Venus 178 with the classic engravings of this period namely a bridge signed:
- Seventeen 17 Jewels unadjusted swiss
- Breitling Watch ltd.
In addition, we find The WOG import code stamped onto the bridge for Wakmann Watch Corporation, importer of Breitling in the USA for this period.
1967 – 1972 Mk 2
In 1967, the Top Time evolves to a slightly more muscular and sporty version.
The case grows a bit with a diameter of 38.5mm and lugs are this time more massive.
The case is now of classic construction with a clipped bottom.
Dial / Hands:
The Mk2 also the occasion to introduce a new version of the dial: the true panda that replaces the full silver version, disappearing from the catalog.
- Reverse version panda: black dial and white counters
- Version true panda: white dial and black counters
The dial itself also evolves: the tritium indexes are shorter and no longer touch the subdials.
2 tritium points also appear on each side of the index at 12hr.
The true panda version has applied indexes completed with tritium plots, such as the previous full silver version.
The signature of the dial remains unchanged.
Hands are also different:
- Hands hour / minute wider and more 70s-like with a black insert inside.
- Subdials hands are black for reverse panda and white for true panda
Note that in 1969 we see apparition of a red chrono hand.
Also, some minutes totalizers have extensions to 3.6.9 minutes while others do not.
It is still the Venus 178.
Note that for movement produced after 1968, the WOG import code is no more stamped onto the bridge.
1966 – 1967 Mk 1.2 Transition
In 66 and 67, a transition takes place between the mk1.1 and the mk2.
We therefore frequently find a transitional version in these two years.
This version presents the same case as the mk1.1 in its clipped version.
Dial / Hands:
The hands are those of the mk1.1 version, thin and white, while the dial is already that of the mk2 version, with short indexes and tritium blocks at 12hr.
Note that only the version reverse panda exists in this intermediate version.