In the early 1950s, Breitling collaborated with the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) in order to make the slide rule of its Chronomat even more relevant to pilots. The end result, the Navitimer, was a well-conceived tool watch with outstanding legibility. The very first examples came with an all-black dial, but eventually the sub-registers became white to increase the contrast and make it even more legible. Similarly, the AOPA logo was replaced with the twin-jet logo, and the beaded bezel also evolved. Despite these minute cosmetic changes, the Navitimer remained pretty much identical through the years, proving how well executed its first draft was. This is a rare example of an early Navitimer. An iconic watch still in production by Breitling and represents
a legend of watch making history as well as an ideal investment piece increasing in value year on year.
Case No: 1158585
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 40mm diameter; 13mm thickness
Caliber: Manual-winding chronograph caliber Venus 178
Bracelet/Strap: Don Taylor Black Leather Vintage Handmade
Lug Width: 22mm
The case is in good condition; its lugs still show their original bevels, and the brushed finish is still visible on the case bands. The reverse panda dial is also well preserved, with very clean sub-registers and a legible rotating slide rule. The lume has aged in a very consistent manner, and has taken a dark tint on the applied indexes and handset. The crown is signed with the engraved B as you should expect, and the plexi shows a couple of superficial scratches.