I have seen a lot of things in my career as a watchmaker but I dont believe I have seen anything quite so reckless and stupid as this. Anybody who owns or wants to own one of these Breitlings will know how much they cost. This particular one which came in for a battery has the standard Breitling 15 side back which requires the special key to open it.
Some desperate person who obviously did not have the correct tool decided to ‘improvise’ in a very destructive way. I could not believe it when I saw four blind holes drilled into the watch back in order for them to wrench the back open.
I am all for being creative in this when problem solving but this is just wrong.
On Watch Repair Talk we are discussing a Breitling Navitimer With Venus 178 Chronograph Movement. This has been completely stripped down and serviced. Plenty of interesting pictures.
It’s on Reddit