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The first automatic chrono to get the bullhead treatment was the Breitling ref 2117, referred to by the brand as the “Pult Pupitre”. This curious name was created from both the German and French words for desk. The case of this 1971 creation is wedge shaped, being thicker at the top than the bottom, which, from the side, gives it the appearance of an old-fashioned sloping school desk – the ones where you could lift the lid and store your stuff.
This tilts the dial slightly towards the viewer, which does aid visibility a fraction. The 2117 used the Chronomatic Calibre 12, the upgraded version of Breitling’s first ever automatic chronograph. This had its winding crown on the opposite side of the case to normal and so, on the bullhead, the crown was shifted to 6:00, rather than sitting between the pushers, as on the later manual-wind Breitling 7101 and examples from Seiko and Citizen. (Fun fact: Omega’s manual-wound 1969 Seamaster bullhead has crowns at both 6:00 and 12.00, but the 6:00 is for a rotating inner bezel.)
This 6:00 crown position on the Breitling just adds to the overall charm and quirkiness of the watch. The dials of the 2117 are available in either a cool petrol blue or, for “peak retro”, the kind of brown usually found on Dralon curtains and sofas. Varying shades highlight the chronograph scales, while the whole thing is enlivened by bright orange hand details.