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Many watch enthusiasts like to know the production date of their watch. There may be several methods of dating a Breitling, depending on the desired accuracy.
Try looking up the watch model in the Breitling reference numbers search engine. Although this is definitely not the perfect tool for the job, this might already give you a rough production date bracket.
Starting around year 2000, Breitling started adding date stamps on their watch heads and bracelets. They are (very) lightly stamped between the lugs at 6 o'clock.
Date tag between the horns of a Breitling B-1
Removing the bottom part of the strap or bracelet is required to read the numbers. Please refer to the chapter below to decode them.
If the watch is equipped with a bracelet, it is much easier to read the date tag on the back of it. The manufacture date of the bracelet is usually less than 1 year apart from that of the watch head, although this does not work if the bracelet was not bought at the same time as the watch head.
A polite letter sent to Breitling can do wonders. I highly recommend using their courteous customer service for such enquiries. Breitling may be able to precisely date your watch, based on its serial number.
Examples date codes: