The Breitling Top Time ref. 810 fake with the reversed panda dial is my favorite vintage Breitling. It is one of the cleanest and nice-looking chronographs that have ever been made. The replica watch was released in 1964 and is very nicely sized at just under 38mm, which was rather big on those days. But now, it’s the perfect size for a vintage chronograph to fit the wrists of many.
The 38 mm copy Breitling Top Time ref. 810 was powered by the famous hand-wound Venus 178 column-wheel chronograph movement. This movement is legendary and much loved by vintage Breitling collectors. It also powered the Navitimer, the AVI ref. 765 and the Premier ref. 765 amongst many other Breitling models.
The luxury Breitling copy watch lost its characteristic chamfered lugs.
As Mike explained in his in-depth article about the luxury fake Breitling Top Time ref. 810, Breitling produced different versions of the watch. It started with the Mark 1.1 and the Mark 1.2 that featured the same case design with a different case back. The Mark 1.1 came with either a black dial with a reverse panda layout or a silver dial. The Mark 1.2 only came with a reverse panda dial. In 1967 Breitling introduced the Top Time ref. 810 Mark 2 that featured a different case.
This case had the same round shape but was slightly bigger at 38.5mm and a bit flatter. The main difference, however, was the shape of the lugs. The high quality copy watch lost its characteristic chamfered lugs, and the lug width also changed from 21mm to 19mm. On top of that, there are also slight dial variations, and Breitling changed the hands.