Breguet 3800ST Type XX Aéronavale

One of the joys of living in this “nation of shopkeepers”, is that as a watch nerd you have easy access to some of the finest goodies the world of horology has to offer.

And whilst I’ve been disabused from the notion that Napoleon ever uttered that turn of phrase, he was a patron of Breguet, who’s Bond Street location is where I found myself earlier this week, sipping espresso and talking type XX chronographs with boutique manager Stuart.

Originally developed to a French government specification in the 1950s, the modern reference 3800ST Type XX Aéronavale is somewhat more refined than its military ancestors (which I suspect would have been drinking cognac, rather than coffee). And in acknowledgment that most civilian customers are not spending their days strapped to an ejector seat, travelling at the speed of sound (but want to feel like they could be), has been given some subtle and practical upgrades that remain true to the spirit of the Type XX, if not the specification.
 

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Breguet 3800ST Type XX Aéronavale

A slightly larger, and more refined case finish bring the model up to the standard you would expect of Breguet, whilst Superluminova on the hands and dial improve night time legibility, a 100m water resistance rating and a screw down crown remove worries of water ingress, and the in-house calibre 582 automatic movement, with it's 48 hour power reserve, saves you having to wind the watch every day and a half as it's namesake required.

Also available on a stainless steel bracelet, the leather/deployant variant (3800ST/92/9W6) that I tried on retails at £7,200 inc. VAT in the UK.

If you’re in the market for a beautifully finished pilot chronograph with military heritage, want to dip your toe into the world of haute horology, or just want to learn more about Breguet, and the Type XX range, head to the Breguet website or your local Breguet boutique.