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, 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, a real 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 Gilt
Black Rough Out Suede Vintage Strap
CASE & BRACELET
The case of this Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 remains in unpolished condition and is wonderfully sharp and stunning! The watch will come complete on a hand made black rough out suede vintage style watch strap which accompanies the look of this vintage Navitimer.
DIAL & HANDS
The glossy black silver gilt dial remains in untouched condition. The dial is signed with the AOPAwings and Navitimer above the 6 o'clock position on the dial. The dial also possesses a sought after silver gilting which is also rare and sought after for the 806 reference. The lume on the dial and hands is matching and has taken on the wonderful golden yellow patina. The outer sliding bezel functions flawlessly and possessed a wonderful patina with all numbers and markings intact and visible. The lume within the hands is intact and also matches the lume on the dial.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.