Special Editions of the Breitling Cosmonaute

A list of all known special and limited editions of the Breitling Cosmonaute

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Introduction

Breitling has a long tradition of special editions. Because it's already a very special timepiece from the start, and the dial is already cluttered enough, only a few special editions of the Breitling Cosmonaute have been made. Here are those that have been identified: VAC, 12021 first display-back version, Scott Carpenter, Ghibli, Hussein of Jordan, A12023 second display-back version, and the Limited Edition 2010.

Breitling Cosmonaute Valiant Air Command limited edition

Type
Limited edition of an unknown number of pieces (probably less than 100)
Base watch
81600, black dial
Date of production
1986


Cosmonaute VAC

These watches were sold for the Valiant Air Command museum building fund.

Thanks to Bill C. and P.W. E.

A Valiant Air Command Cosmonaute is for sale (as of April 2013). Please contact me to get in touch with the seller.

Breitling Cosmonaute 12021 special edition

Type
Limited edition of 100 pieces
Base watches
A12021, black dial; D12021, black dial
Date of production
1993


Cosmonaute D12021

The A12021 (also produced as a D12021 with yellow gold bezel) was the first Série Spéciale with a transparent caseback to display the Caliber 12 movement. It was produced for the Japanese market only and is very similar to the A12023.

Breitling Cosmonaute Scott Carpenter limited edition

Type
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
Base watch
A12022, black dial
Date of production
1996 or 1997


Cosmonaute Scott Carpenter

The Scott Carpenter edition was made to commemorate the Aurora 7 space mission.

Breitling Cosmonaute Porco Rosso limited edition

Type
Limited edition of 300 pieces
Base watch
A22322, black dial
Date of production
N/A


Cosmonaute Ghibli/Porco Rosso (?)

This one is still very mysterious to me; I don't even know its formal name. With its red hands and black subdials, that's certainly a unusual piece. Its caseback shows several float boats. The artwork apparently comes from the animation movie Porco Rosso directed by Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli.

Breitling Cosmonaute Hussein of Jordan limited edition

Type
N/A
Base watch
81600, black dial, gold plated
Date of production
1992?


Cosmonaute “Hussein of Jordan”

Around 20 pieces of this watch may have been produced.

This watch may have been produced to be offered to important guests of the King of Jordan.

Breitling Cosmonaute 12023 special edition

Type
Special edition produced in apparently less than 3,000 pieces
Base watch
A12023, black or blue dial; D12023, black or blue dial
Date of production
1993(?)–1997(?)


Cosmonaute A12023 with see-through caseback

The A12023 special edition of the Cosmonaute has a see-through caseback. It is visually very similar to the A12021 model.

Read more about the A12023 in a separate page.

Breitling Cosmonaute Limited Edition

Type
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
Base watch
A22322, D22322
Date of production
2010


Cosmonaute Limited Edition (Photo credit: Breitling)

This special edition includes a white inner ring for the durations scale, and an Air Racer bracelet.

Breitling Cosmonaute 50th Anniversary limited edition

Type
Limited edition of 1,962 pieces
Base watch
AB0210, black with silver subdials
Date of production
2012


Cosmonaute 50th Anniversary limited edition (Photo credit: Breitling)

This commemorative edition is powered by the new hand-wound Caliber 02. Its case-back is engraved with the official emblem of the Mercury 7/Aurora 7 space mission, as well as a Celsius/Fahrenheit conversion scale.

Breitling Cosmonaute Blacksteel limited edition

Type
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
Base watch
MB0210-B6-BC79, black dial, on rubber strap
Date of production
2013


Cosmonaute Blacksteel Limited Edition (Photo credit: Breitling)

This limited edition gets Breitling's Blacksteel treatment for an all-black watch. Its case-back is also engraved with the emblem of the Aurora 7 mission.

Other possible custom Cosmonautes

If you have more information or know a special edition Cosmonaute that is not listed, as usual, feel free to contact me.