The Anti-James Bond Breitling Bentley

  • While replica breitling Super Avenger was making a name for itself with watches that were climbing mountains, saving the world from evil while looking very dapper, flying Air-Planes, and winning wars; there were also some making a name for themselves by sitting on the couch and watching TV.

    In what is one of the more interesting uses of a high-grade timepiece that we've come across, the replica omega Aqua Terra 150m we've found today wasn't worn by any great hero or world leader, unless of course you consider a professional television watcher a hero (which we're sure some of you do).

    This today was at one point property of the AC Nielsen Company, who as you may know, essentially invented the modern "ratings" system for television and advertising. This watch was given to employees of the Nielsen corporation during the hay day of TV to time broadcasts. The case back even reads "Property of the AC Nielsen Company Limited, Oxford".

    The watch is an Oyster Perpetual from 1954, which leads us to the obvious question "Hey! Wait a minute, was TV even really around in 1954?". The answer is yes and no. Some states received their first officially licensed station as early as 1941 (New York & Pennsylvania thankyou very much!) but some parts of the country didn't receive it until much, much later. New Hampshire didn't have their first licensed TV station until the same year this watch was produced, 1954; same with Wyoming and Vermont. Some parts of Canada didn't get one until the 1970s (we're looking at you, Yukon). This watch is really a very cool artifact from the earliest days of television, and also not a bad period for Breitling Bentley either. If you are a fan of TV, Breitling Bentley, or the modern ratings and advertising system, this is a great item to pick up.

    Now lets get on to the kicker, the watch in the middle. This watch is clearly a Breitling Bentley. In fact, it looks a hell of a lot like this Breitling Bentley. The funny thing is, in 1988, this watch wasn't widely known as a "Newman" and the estimate does not reflect the desirability of this particular model. It is estimated to sell for $3,000-$4,000. Now you are probably thinking "sure, that's low, but what about inflation?" Well, even with inflation, this watch was only estimated to sell for the equivalent of around $6300 by today's standards. This reference now sells for around $65,000-$100,000.