Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers takes great pride in providing our customers with a premium customer service experience and Barrie’s finest selection of watches, diamond and gemstone settings, including jewellery in platinum, white and yellow gold. Our in house custom jewellery designs range from engagement rings and wedding rings to diamond pendants and earrings. In addition, we are continuously updating our estate jewellery collection which includes watches by Rolex, Tag Heuer, Cartier and Breitling as well as many other premium brands.
Our on-site gemologist and goldsmith designers are highly knowledgeable and are available to share their years of experience with you. They will answer any questions you have about your existing piece or will assist you in finding or designing that unique gift.
Let us earn your trust. We have been doing that with our customers from the Barrie and surrounding area for the past 60 years and with the recent expansion of our on-line offerings, we are excited to be building customer loyalty all over Canada and the United States.
As early as the 1950s watchmakers were intrigued with the thought of a chronograph watch powered by an automatic winding movement. Convenient self-winding wristwatches were becoming more commonplace but no manufacturer offered an automatic watch with a chronograph. Toward the middle of the 1960s, trends favored larger watches and motor sports. The space race was on and pilot watches also gained popularity. A similar race was on between rival watch manufactures to produce the world’s first automatic chronograph. Zenith, Seiko and the consortium of Heuer, Breitling, Dépraz & Company and Hamilton undertook the challenge to produce the movement before the end of the 1960s. The claibre 11 is the result. From the backside view you’d think it was a hand wind movement as there is no rotor visible. The smaller than average rotating weight is hidden under the chronograph module. It’s a clever way to keep this modular construction from being too thick. The serial number of 1,314,018 indicates this example is one of the earlier versions dating from 1969. The watch came to us running but in need of a full service. Once the case was opened we were surprised to see no evidence of previous repairs in the form of etched service records. The one and only visible mark seen is ours indicating a full technical revision was preformed in May of 2019. With the fresh service the large watch is running like new with all functions operating as designed. This is a large watch measuring 47.5mm diameter. Compared to a traditional sport watch such as a 40mm Rolex Submariner the extra size is easily illustrated.We feel the watch is completely original (beside the strap and buckle) right down to some wear on the black rotating slide rule. Sharp crisp case edges and the original signed crown indicate the watch has also never been polished. The elaborate dial is in excellent condition showing appropriate patina for a 50 year old watch. The characteristic “left hand” crown of all calibre 11 equipped watches helps make them a little more comfortable, as the crown doesn’t dig into the back of your hand. A handy 31 day calendar display at 6:00 o:clock adds extra utility that most many chronographs lack. A brand new 22mm dark brown perforated leather strap with stainless steel buckle adds to the sporting looks. While not original we were fortunate to have in stock a never used original Breitling Chrono-Matic 24 hour A22360 box (a watch heavily inspired by the look and function of our featured watch). Inner/outer boxes, wiz-wheel, slide rule instructions and other documents come included. These accessories are not original to our watch but they make an impressive presentation, are all in pristine condition. Our one year in house warranty covers all aspects of mechanical failure. This is the first Chrono-Matic Breitling we’ve ever had the pleasure of showcasing. Retro looking but comes with the size of a contemporary model. $4,300.00 CAD. Stock #e13100.
Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers have won the Barrie Advance Readers Choice for 2018 as Barrie’s favourite jewellery store!
Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers have won the Barrie Examiners Best Of Barrie Award for 2017! Thank you to the community for supporting us over the past 60 years.
We are always looking to buy your estate pieces including brands such as Rolex, Cartier, Breitling, Tag Heuer, along with gold and diamond jewellery.
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