1967 Breitling Navitimer (Ref. 806) AOPA Gilt Dial With Box and Papers
The Breitling Navitimer is an evolution of the 1942 Breitling Chronomat, with its typical slide rule bezel. Breitling decided to improve this highly practical bezel and in 1952, and the Navitimer was born. This slide rule bezel was used to calculate complicated operations without any other tool. In 1952, the very first Navitimer adorned the “Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association” (AOPA) emblem on its dial (the typical double-wing logo) and by 1960, cooperation with the AOPA began. The “Navitimer” name is the contraction of “navigation” and “timer”.
The first Navitimer 806 editions were sold with a Venus 178 manual chronograph movement such as the one that we are featuring here at Craft & Tailored. The glossy black silver gilt dial remains in untouched condition. The dial itself is rare due to the fact that is Signed AOPA which is only found in the early Ref. 806 reference and initially only sold to AOPA members. The case size of 41mm was very large for the specific time period and fits into the modern tool watch sizing category without looking obtrusive. The outer bezel is in wonderful condition and functions flawlessly.
Black Gloss Silver Gilt
Horween Leather Nato Strap
CASE & BRACELET
The unpolished case remains sharp showing some wear. The original bezel remains in excellent condition. The Breitling signed crown and pushers remain original to the watch. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc strap of your choosing.
DIAL & HANDS
The glossy black gilt AOPA dial is in excellent, original condition. The dial is signed with the AOPA wings and Navitimer above the 6 o'clock position on the dial. The lume on the dial exhibits no degradation when inspected with U.V. light and has taken on an exquisite dark patina. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation when inspected with U.V. light. The white outer sliding bezel functions flawlessly and possessed a wonderful ivory patina with all numbers and markings intact and visible.
The watch comes complete with it's original inner and outer boxes, booklets, and guarantee papers which includes the date sale in 1970. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.