The Breitling Top-Time 814 Replica was introduced in 1967 and was only made until roughly 1970.The watch was offered with the black dial you see here and either white or orange hour and minute hands. It was also offered in a similarly high-contrast white dial with orange hands. Unlike in earlier Top-Time models where most stated the model name, this version thankfully chose to eschew the verbiage and keep the already arresting dial uncluttered.
The Breitling Replica Watches comes in at roughly 38.5mm in “diameter”, although that’s really the length of one if its square-cased sides, and has a brushed surface on the top of the case that radiates from the center. It’s subtle versus pictures of earlier, 2-register square-cases Top-Times that I’d previously seen. Admittedly, it was these earlier square-cased pieces that turned me off to this case shape in general, so perhaps the finishing was the real culprit. In any case, the finishing on the 814 is sporty with matte brushing on the sides as well.
One of the interesting things about the Breitling Replica Swiss Movement that is not present from a head-on view is the amount of intricacy in the case design. A side view, from any side, and a bottom glance exposes that there’s a lot happening. First the corners “pinch” together to create what reminds me of a throw pillow or even a lozenge. You also see some nice arcs that create the case surface. The case is actually thick and this later comes into play when wearing, as it certainly does not look like a flat slab on the wrist. The lugs, on the other hand, are not as pronounced as, say, another squarish design such as the Heuer Camaro, but they are present and really nicely done. From the bottom and the side, you see some very complex metal forming where the lugs join the case. If you can’t tell, I’m impressed by the case work and finishing.
The attribute that really sold me on the Fake Breitling Watches Top-Time was, and is, its dial. It’s a wonderful study in high contrast, details, and functionality. It’s highly compelling yet, somehow, doesn’t seem over the top. This is a watch, if designed only slightly differently, that would likely fall into the bucket of tiresome. Details, of course, are no stranger to Breitling. The Navitimers, Consmoautes and some Chrono-Matics are flooded with scales and measurement devices that befuddle me scientifically, but somehow manage to work aesthetically.