A favorite among watch collectors and pilots, the iconic Breitling Navitimer limited edition will be available in the spring and it is powered by Breitling’s in house CALIBER B01 which is a chronometer that is certified by the COSC. There will be 2000 pieces in stainless steel, and 200 pieces in 18k red gold.
The Navitimer was first released in the mid-1950s and it is designed specifically for pilots. You’ll see the logo of the AOPA which stands for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and thus became the official watch for the group. Pilots can make critical calculations by looking at the circular slide rule bezel and they can get info like distance traveled, fuel consumption, and rate of descent or climb. In 1962, Scott Carpenter wore the cosmonaut version of the Navitimer when he traveled to outer space aboard the Aurora 7.
The Navitimer Caliber 01 limited edition is unique because of its broader size at 43mm diameter compared to the others which only have a diameter of 42mm. The case is water proof to 100 feet and it has twin anti reflective sapphire crystals that enables you to have a clear view of the movement and dial. Each watch also has a serial number engraved on the case.
The black dial is made using the process called épargne on a gold or silver base. This technique boosts the radiance and readability of the chronograph indicators. The Breitling “wings” logo is slightly raised and executed in gold.
The movement which is auto winding ticks at 28,800 vph, calculating elapsed time in increments of quarter-seconds. The displays include central chronograph seconds, jumping 30 minute totalizer at 3 and continuous seconds at 9.
The movement integrates a switching mechanism (column-wheel) and vertical clutch to ascertain that the chronograph seconds hand is engaged seamlessly. The movement features patented system for adjusting the reset, start and stop hammers. You can set the instant-change date any time, including close to midnight. The 47 jewel movement uses a polished balance wheel and flat hairspring. A single barrel has a power reserve of 70 hours. Caliber B01 is a COSC-certified chronometer. For price, you can get the steel version at $7,475 on leather and $8,715 on bracelet. The red gold one is priced at $17,705 on a crocodile strap.
Please note that I’m not really a big fan of Breitling watches but I do like the Navitimer. I have owned one before and now I’m excited for the new Caliber 01 which showcases the new in house constructed movements.
This is by far the most interesting watch from Breitling with the Column wheel chronograph, classic tri-compax dial layout and vertical clutch. It didn’t cost so much, I would buy it as soon as it’s available.
I’m guessing they will steel the stainless steel versions really fast but the 18k red gold watches won’t sell as fast.