Have you noticed these four lines of text above the 6 o’clock on the perfect UK sale fake Breitling ref. 3865? This Rolex-like fairytale read amuses me each time I see it. And trust me, I can’t help but notice it each time I look at the dial. It is truly awesome and something I’m very happy to share with you today.
When one says Swiss made Breitling replica, most see pilot chronographs. Divers watches super clone come to mind only later. I bet any diver that does jump to mind is somehow unusual. Let me guess, you see the spectacular “slow-motion” waterproof fake SuperOcean ref. 2005 or the true collector‘s grail replica Breitling ref. 1004. I doubt you, the Fratell, thought about the modest but equally interesting skin diver Breitling ref. 3865 replica.
Meeting best copy Breitling ref. 3865
The AAA high-quality fake Breitling ref. 3865 is like David Beckham’s younger brother. Nobody knows he exists. Or maybe he even doesn’t exist, nobody cares. I don’t blame you, I didn’t know if the ref. 3865 either. It was only when I was working on the practical replica SuperOcean ref. 2005 article that I bumped into a leaflet where these two stood next to each other. With all eyes on David Beckham, obviously. Well, my recently developed affection towards skin divers couldn’t let the younger Breitling go unnoticed any longer.
Rob Nudds has entered the building: It isn’t often I wade into an article halfway through, but I just wanted to apologise to Lynne Georgina Beckham and Joanne Louise Beckham, David’s elder and younger sisters respectively. We see you and respect you. We certainly care you exist. Now back to Tomas…
If there is something I enjoy more than digging through information on forums, it is reading very old watch forum threads from times when there was not much information around. In this watch thread, you can see how Breitling aficionado encounters the 1:1 best UK sale replica Breitling ref. 3865 and how muses over the legitimacy of the 5-digit serial no. 28359 that does not fit any known range. It was 10 years ago in 2011 and knowledgable super clone Breitling collectors surmised that it was actually genuine, but the thrill of that exploratory period was memorable to this day.
Why I am bringing it up today? There are not many high-quality Breitling ref. 3865 replica watches around and not even a handful with an arrow hour hand. So you can imagine how amused I was when I found out that my example left the factory with the closest serial number possible to the example mentioned by Fred 10 years ago. When I spoke to Fred about a more precise introduction year, he said, “the mid-1960s is as good as it gets.” Well, still better than just a “feeling” you have to go on with hundreds of other watches…
Catalog error super clone Breitling ref. 3865 vs ref. 3875
In vintage watch collecting there are many rules and DYODD is one of them. Do your own due diligence. Before I speak to a knowledgeable collector, I try to find as much information as I can. Well, it was not a long process when it came to the exact replica Breitling ref. 3865. What really puzzled me was one of the print ads that shows the skin diver Breitling replica UK under ref. 3875. I assumed a different bezel, hands, or movement configuration. When I could not find anything on the ref. 3875, I approached Fred again. Instead of an interesting unraveling, I got a fast and simple answer. “That seems to be a catalog error,“ said Fred. I believe you might find it useful if you decide to chase one down and are puzzled like I was.
(Non)typical skin diver
From a construction point of view, the Swiss movement fake Breitling ref. 3865 isn’t very special. It is housed in a standard case that was used by many other not so well-recognized brands. In the “B” creative vintage divers watches portfolio, the ref. 3865 looks unusually common. On the other hand, that’s what makes the 3865 special. Put in other words, it is quite surprising for divers watch collectors see a typical skin diver branded with a Breitling logo. Original case manufacturer’s logo, assumingly Squale after discussion with divers watches specialist, was drilled out. My example is very well preserved and the circular brushing on the top side of the lugs is still perfectly visible. It perfectly contrasts with the polished sides and polished bezel.
1:1 perfect replica Breitling ref. 3865 bezel variants
Speaking of the bezel, there are two variants available. As confirmed by old Swiss made replica Breitling catalogs and adverts, there was a “busier“ bezel with indexes engraved all around the 60 minutes track. I prefer the simplified bezel with 5-minute marking that you can see here. It’s clean, easy to read and I really like the font style selected for the numbers. My assumption is that this bezel version is of an earlier date.
If you google the AAA best super clone Breitling ref. 3865, you will find more reference pictures popping with straight rectangular hands and with matching second hands with a rectangular tip. We haven‘t seen a catalog shot of this version, but based on multiple findings we believe it’s legit. If I were you, I would search for the version featured today which proves how a handset can completely change the charisma of a watch. Instead of a boring rectangular hand you get a broad arrow hour hand. Notice the tapering neck that the arrow tip is sitting on. It’s super short and hence looks very unorthodox. Shape-wise, it’s a nice nod to the older and now legendary wholesale fake Breitling ref. 1004 online.
The 36mm case was a normal market sizing for a divers‘ watch back then, but by Breitling’s standards, we can call it quite a modest case. I like the minute hand and the seconds hand as much as I like the arrow hand. The Arabic numbers 12, 6, 9 give the watch a sporty character and the date integrated at 3 o’clock gives it some everyday practicality. Some collectors double question the red printing on the date ring, but as shown in this vintage catalog, no need to be afraid — it‘s legit too. Fun fact: notice that Swiss made Breitling replica forgot to align the bezel for the official catalog shoot. Meaningless, but the kind of oddity you don’t see very often.
My example almost certainly has a replacement crown, but interestingly, it doesn’t bug me as much as I would expect it to. It fits the case perfectly and it’s unique in style too. The crown in the catalog seems pretty standard, so it’s easy to change at any time. That “B“ symbol above the Breitling Geneve inscription on the case back and the dial is divine. It would easily make me add a few hundred euros on top just for it. By the way, the pricing is pretty unknown due to the scarcity of the watch. But I guess you should squeeze under a €2,000 budget. Well, that is until the Breitling CEO George Kern wakes up one morning and decides to refresh the reference in the years to come.