Since introducing the first chronograph wristwatch in 1915 Breitling have been at the forefront of pioneering design. Here we explore one of their most iconic collections, the Breitling Navitimer.
For more than 65 years, the Breitling Navitimer has been one of the world’s most beloved mechanical chronographs. The collection is still legendary today and a new generation of watch lovers are discovering the icon of watchmaking. Inspired by the skies the name combines the words navigation and timer producing models of upmost functionality, precision and style. Let’s take a closer look at the classic Navitimer collection.
Designed in 1952 the Navitimer was created initially for pilots and quickly became the ultimate tool for aviation around the world.
Around 10 years later in the 1960s, Breitling officially presented the Navitimer as a revolutionary chronograph designed specifically for aviation. Featuring an innovative design the Navitimer became a real professional instrument indispensable for flying. It incorporated a circular computer ruler, a rotating bezel able to record distance over indicated timeframes, as well as allowing the pilot to perform complex calculations before the age of computers. The Navitimer ranks highly on the wish list of aficionados worldwide for its precision, functionality and coveted style.
Today there are few pilot’s watches as legendary as the Breitling Navitimer and it remains relatively unchanged in its format.
Over the years there have been multiple Navitimer releases, optional colours, straps and dials as well as limited-edition models. This collection is truly versatile. Perhaps our favourite is the BREITLING NAVITIMER 1 BO1 CHRONOGRAPH 46 GENTS WATCH, it embodies the personality of the classic Navitimer design combined with striking masculinity and style. Its large 46mm sizing is crafted from stainless steel and features a black dial with three silver subdials. Powered by the impressive BO1 in-house Breitling chronograph, this piece is certainly a reliable companion. Whether you’re flying a plane or sitting at your desk, excellence is always assured.
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