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Editor's opinion
76.5 / 100
Straight out of the 1950's, the Type XX/XXI collection has some of the most well-known Breguet models. Let's review this perfect link between the post-war period and 20th century.
Straight to the Point

Breguet Type XX / XXI

Ref.: 3800ST/92/9W6
$5,800.00 US retail price December 20th, 2010
  • excellent legibility
  • its polyvalence
  • the Flyback function
  • the totalizator’s 15 graduations of the 30-minute chronograph
  • its thickness
Brand Breguet
Model name
Type XX / XXI
Case material
Case diameter (without crown)
39.30 mm
Case diameter (crown included)
43.47 mm
Movement type
Breguet 582
Base Caliber
Lemania 1350
Sapphire glass
Power reserve
Transparent back
Lug width
20.47 mm
Length from lug to lug
45.53 mm
Case thickness
14.88 mm
Strap material
Clasp type
Deployment clasp
Clasp material
Total weight
94 grams
Retail price USA at December 20th, 2010
Comfort (/15) 14
Movement (/20) 11.5
Movement Optimisation / Garnishment (/5) 3.5
Ease of handling and adjustment (/5) 4
Movement control proceeded by the Manufacture / horlogical awards (/3) 1
Power reserve (/2) 1
Complications (/5) 2
Finishing (/20) 16.5
Dial finishing (/6) 5
Case finishing (/6) 5
Quality of garnishment / caseback engraving quality (/2) 1
Crystal quality (/4) 4
Clasp finishing (inner and extern) (/2) 1.5
Functionality (/20) 16
Diurnal legibility (/5) 5
Night legibility (/4) 3
Water resistance (/3) 1
Strap : ease of size adjustment + ease of substitution (/4) 3
Clasp : quality and safety (/4) 4
Additional items (/10) 4.5
Limited edition (/3) 0
Watch delivered with several straps (/2) 0
Quality of the watch box (/1) 1
Portability with shirtsleeves buttoned (/2) 1.5
Goodies included (/1) 1
Understandability of the brochure (/1) 1
Value for money (/15) 14
When to wear it ? At the VIP cocktail of the Farnborough International Airshow!
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The readers’ attention is drawn to the fact that the photographed model corresponds to the old reference of the Breguet Type XX.
The actual model in the brand’s catalogue has a steel-colored crown instead of a gold one.



During the 50’s, the French air force drafted a list of specifications for a reliable and readable chronograph with a “flyback” function, the Type XX.
Several manufacturers, including Breguet, submitted a model of this pilot watch.

A few years later, the specifications are modified, primarily for the purpose of improving the liability of the models but also to space out the maintenance periods.
The Type XXI is born.

Breguet who was already manufacturing aircraft reading instruments for the air force, thus created as early as the 50’s several versions of chronographs meeting these specifications for the French navy and the CEV (“Centre d’Essai en Vol”  – or Flight Test Center – the department of the air force that handles the testing and rating of military planes; you can find the “CEV” engraving at the bottom of the cases of certain vintage watches).

After its military career, the model is made obsolete and retired in the 70′.
It is then relaunched in 1995, shortly before the acquisition of the brand by the Swatch Group, staying faithful to the original models.


Excellent Readability

The current model retains the best elements of its predecessor.
In order to maximize the readability, the dial, hands and markers rely on contrasts and proportions.

Indeed, the size of the hands are designed relative to their function. Thus, all four main hands are quite readable (three of them being thicker than the others), while the small seconds hand and the chronograph’s are thinner.

Likewise, the subdials follow the same logic, with a larger minutes dial for the chronograph, located at 3 o’clock.

Even with this emphasis on readability, the result is quite balanced.

One drawback: the gorgeous minutes subdial for the chronograph has 15 markings with a
30-minute totalizator.
This, with a dragging hand (instead of a minute-to-minute jumping one) greatly complicates the reading of the time measured.


The style, contained size and quality of this watch make it very elegant and sporty at the same time, thanks to its waterproofness and military origins.


An Elegant Case

The rest of the watch has a more opulent look.

The steel casing is polished and fluted.
The bezel is also polished, and the graduations are sunken.

Some will find this watch a little too shiny, even with the mitigating effect of the flutes.

The style, contained size and quality of this watch make it very elegant and sporty at the same time, thanks to its waterproofness and military origins.

In other words, it’s up to you to decide how to wear it!

Movement: Cal. Breguet 582

The movement of this model is the Breguet 582 automatic chronograph movement, with a “flyback” function.

This function was very useful to pilots before the advent of modern electronics, allowing the resetting of the chronograph while in use, without having to stop it.
The pilots could thus calculate two or more times one after the other.

The Breguet 582 movement is built on the very reliable Lemania 1350, modified primarily to accommodate the flyback function.


The Breguet Type XX is a timeless watch.

Its style and effective esthetic, along with its prestigious origins and high-quality production, make it a very interesting time-keeper – indeed a must in one’s pilot watch collection.

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