Breitling continues to dig its archives for inspiration. After last year’s Navitimer Ref. 8806 1959 Re-Edition and the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition from earlier this year, Breitling has now unveiled the fan-favorite Top Time limed edition.

The original Breitling Top Time is on the left

This particular watch watch has a James Bond connection too. In 1965’s Thunderball, Bond uses a Breitling Top Time model equipped with a Geiger counter to track down a cadre of stolen nuclear missiles hidden underwater. The original Top Time was launched more than 50 years ago and Willy Breitling described it as “ultramodern” and “suited to the needs of the young and active professionals”.

The Zorro dial layout of the Top Time limited edition

It had a distinctive “Zorro” dial layout, with its two parallel white sub-dials framed by a black domino-mask-like motif. The stainless steel case measures 41 mm in diameter, with a convex sapphire crystal, a non-screwed, single-gasket crown, and plunger-style chronograph pushers. The case is only water-resistant to 30 meters.

This watch is offered with a blockchain-based digital passport.

Adding a splash of color to the predominantly black-and-white dial are red details such as the hour, minute and central chronograph seconds hand, as well as a red sector of the 3 o’clock subdial. Elapsed chronograph minutes are tallied on that subdial, while running seconds are displayed on the other subdial at 9 o’clock. Super-LumiNova coats the hour and minute hands as well as the dot hour markers, and a decimal scale occupies the dial’s flange.

The 41 mm steel case sits well on the wrist

The watch is powered by Breitling Caliber 23, a self-winding chronograph movement based on the ETA 7753 with a power reserve of around 48 hours. Like all Breitling calibers, this is a COSC-certified chronometer movement. The Top Time Limited Edition completes its vintage look with a brown nubuck leather strap. Limited to 2,000 pieces and priced at $4,990, it’s available in March via Breitling’s e-commerce site.

This will be Breitling’s first-ever watch offered with a blockchain-based digital passport, which confirms the authenticity and ownership of the watch with a single click. Owners can access the digital passport at any time and can transfer ownership, if they choose, with a simple blockchain transaction. Along with Breitling’s innovative digital warranty program, the passport provides a high level security and makes it possible for customers to engage with the brand anonymously while allowing Breitling to add new online services.