Breitling has just released a limited edition of their “Navitimer 01”, by far one of aeronautical enthusiast’s favorite watches since 1952. There are 8 different model lines for the Navitimer models and each one with a distinct set of versions. This “Breitling Navitimer 01” will be available in 6 different styles, plus the limited edition versions. You can acquire this watch with various case materials, dials, and strap or bracelet options.
The Breitling Navitimer was introduced in the 1950’s when a watch with a built-in slide rule calculator bezel, was a very significant tool for pilots. But, now-a-days this element serves a more decorative and historical function. Because truth of the matter is if these now near obsolete elements were removed from all watch dials, what would go in their place? And truth is they can still in an emergency be useful in resolving certain dilemmas. But, other than that these: slide rulers, tachymeter, rattrapante, etc. can always serve aesthetic purposes and give a feel of “bigger bang for the buck”.
The 43mm case on this “Navitimer 01” can be had in: polished stainless steel or an 18k red gold. Both feature a bidirectional bezel with a slide rule, a non-screw locked crown and a screwed in caseback. There is a scratch-resistant cambered sapphire crystal, which is glare-proofed on both sides and render the watch water-resistant up to 30 meters (100 feet).
But, what has always gained numerous fans for this particular timepiece is its busy yet simply legible dial. Typically in black, but the limited edition version is available in dark grey. There are three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position, a 12 hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a 60-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. While the day date aperture is located between the 4 and 5 o’clock position. The hands and index markers have a luminescent coating and the seconds hand is in red, in order to stand out from the rest. There are many Arabic numerals in various sizes along the bezel for technical calculations, featuring red highlights for a rapid reading.
Breitling Navitimer 01
This “Breitling Navitimer 01 Limited Edition” is powered by a self-winding mechanical in-house movement, caliber Breitling 01, with 47 jewels. The power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours. Mounted to the watch offers the option of a: leather strap, or a Navitimer or air racer bracelet. This timepiece is a limited edition of 1000 pieces, though Breitling has issued another version with more supply.
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