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 their 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.
Our Breitling Navitimer 01 Limited Edition AB0123 is limited to 2000 pieces. It has a 42mm polished stainless steel case. Bevelled edged lugs with a lug to lug length of 49mm and a thickness of 14mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the left side, the number out of 2000 is engraved.
On the right side, chronograph pushers and a signed screw-down crown. A bidirectional stainless steel bezel incorporates the slide rule scales for pilot calculations. The flat sapphire crystal sits above the silver dial. Applied batons have lume tips marking the hours. Between the 4 and 5, a date window. 3 recessed registers add dimension to the dial. At 3 o’clock a 30 minutes register, at 6 o’clock a 12 hours register and finally at 9 o’clock a continuous 60 seconds register. Long sword hands are coated in luminescence. Its chronograph hand has the Breitling “B” and Anchor counterbalance. The signature applied Breitling wings sit at 12 o’clock. The text is precisely executed. On the reverse, a screw-down exhibition case back. Inside an Automatic Breitling Cal. B01, 47 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Column wheel chronograph movement with vertical clutch. Expertly decorated with Côte de Genève. The watch comes fitted on its original Breitling 22mm stainless steel bracelet with a signed deployment clasp and distinctive styling.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Breitling box and Breitling paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Breitling bracelet with all links included. The watch is from June 2014 and is sold in worn condition, but overall good condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
So much history in the Navitimers, then to have it in this size, this dial and configuration, it is truly stunning! The bracelet definitely won't be for everyone, but one thing is for sure, it's unique and different. For those that don't like it, picture this watch on a nice leather strap put the bracelet away in the box and you've got yourself one of the nicest Navitimers I've personally seen yet!