Breitling was established in 1884 by Leon Breitling in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Breitling stands for high precision, outstanding performance, and functionality. It all began in 1952 when Willy Breitling was approached by the US Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to produce a watch for its members. His design was made to be worn and incorporated scales to enable pilots to perform all necessary flight calculations, including average speed, distance travelled, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, and conversion of miles to kilometres or nautical miles. Later in 1956, the watch was made available to everyone and the iconic 806 references were established. During the 1960s Breitling began the development of one of the first automatic mechanical chronograph calibres. Developed in partnership with Heuer-Leonidas and Buren-Hamilton, the Breitling Chrono-Matic was launched on March 3, 1969.
This 1806 was issued to the Iraqi Military Air Force in the 1970s. It bears the Iraqi wings rather than the Breitling wings on the dial. Our Breitling Navitimer 1806 has a 48mm stainless steel case. On the right side, you find chronograph pushers and a spot where a crown should be. Due to the movement used the crown is on the left-hand side instead. A stainless steel bezel painted black holds a domed crystal. The black dial has an outer bi-directional rotating logarithmic slide-rule navigation computer which makes complex mathematical calculations useful to pilots. You can measure a lot of things such as gasoline consumption, miles per minute, ground speed, rate of descent/climb, distance in descent/climb and nautical / statute mile conversion. Applied baton indexes are coated in Tritium marking the hours. At 3 o'clock a 30 minutes register with a red pointer and at 9 o’clock a 12-hour register with a black pointer, both are slightly recessed. At 6 o’clock a date window. Broad steel baton hands are complemented by an orange chronograph hand. The text is finely printed across the dial. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Iraqi Military Air Force emblem engraved in the centre. Inside an Automatic Breitling Cal.12, based on the Buren 1282 with a micro-rotor and was not originally designed to attach to a chronograph mechanism. This led to the crown position at 9 o’clock. The watch comes fitted with a 22mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Breitling box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited leather suede strap. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is sold in worn, vintage condition. The watch has been polished in its past but remains in all original and fair condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.