Breitling Chronometer aerobatic squadron wristwatch “Frecce Tricolori”, 2004, Grenchen, Switzerland
The massive automatic wristwatch with a tachymeter has a polished case and a stainless steel strap, as well as a rotatable matt steel bezel with minutes gradation. The black dial is inscribed with the logo, “P.A.N. frecce tricolori”, and has appliqué Arabic numerals made from polished steel. This edition dedicated to the P.A.N. (Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale) frecce tricolori is No. 1 of a limited edition of 1,000 pieces in total. Engravings on the case back: water resistant up to a depth of 100 metres, calibre B13, reference number A13356, Edition Limitee A1000 Exemplares, 1/1000, and aerobatic display squadron.
In 1984, the chronograph with automatic winding was developed for the Italian aerobatic demonstration team, Frecce Tricolori, and could withstand accelerations of up to 20 G. The new design with its eye-catching appearance proved to be very popular among buyers and contributed towards the rapid rise in popularity of the Breitling brand and its mechanical watches. This limited edition was launched in 2004 to mark the 20th anniversary of this success. Frecce Tricolori, which is Italian for tricolour arrows, is an aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force, which was formed in 1961 under the name of 313º Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico. The watch is a gift from Breitling.