Initially, I must refute a myth: the NAVITIMER by Breitling has nothing to do with the Navy. Sure the one or the other pilot there may have one, but the pronunciation of “Näiwitimer” is fundamentally wrong. Instead the Navi navigation-is because the clock is a handy tool that usefully supplements the instrumentation of an aircraft its basic form. 2012, the clock was 60 years old and belongs to the Veterans of wrist watches, but above all the chronograph.
Still, pilots all over the world wear this watch, in some air force, it is part of the regular facilities of the squadron pilots. Also celebrity pilots like John Travolta, owner and pilot of a Boeing 707 and a Bombardier Challenger 601 and four other aircraft, belong to their makers and official brand ambassadors.
1952: The Breitling Navitimer appears
The Navitimer complements the Chronomat with slide rule bezel 1942 appeared. By using the slide rule bezel, you can perform complex operations without any additional AIDS. in 1952, hence the logo graced the» aircraft owners and Pilots Association «(AOPA) in the form of two swing the first Navitimer dials.»The cooperation goes until 1960. The reference 806 is powered by the hand-wound movement Venus 178 the first model on the market. The early copies are sought after and used today cost depending on the State, between 2,000 and 10,000 euros. The steel models are the most popular – according to rare to find them. Models in the gold-plated housing, who later came on the market are in less demand. Nevertheless, you achieve prices at the level of the steel models. The massive 18-carat – models of gold are mostly over 10,000 euros if they are available. Special features watches from 1954: they are equipped with the Valjoux 72 movement and very rare.
In the late 1950s, Breitling, what makes the brand to this day begins: an excellent marketing. With the Geneva advertising specialist Georges Caspari Willy Breitling developed a campaign that provides all of a sudden even if other target groups demand after chronograph.
In the meantime the other Swiss manufacturers have turned to another chapter: the automatic watch, also display the date is mandatory now. The hand-winding calibre Valjoux 7740 – brother of 7730 but with date and optional twelve-hours counter – closes a gap. in 1969 that should change – with an outstanding work, which is used also in the Breitling Navitimer. Gérald Dubois, who works at the time at a special workshop in Le lieu is responsible for developing: Dépraz & Cie, now known as Dubois Dépraz. The base caliber comes from Büren, in addition to Willy Breitling still Jack Heuer of Heuer-Leonidas is a partner in the project. It should be world-exclusive for the participating brands: the new Chrono-Matic calibre 11. The Crown – that is used now just have to adjust the menu – sits conspicuously left on the housing, the handle as usual right. The work itself is a modular design. On a base caliber with integrated micro-rotor, a chronograph module is used and integrated into the flow of power. So the automatic mechanism is invisible, but very effective. Also the housing change – the famous”fried egg «one of the designs is in the 60s and 70s built.» The shape of the automatic models confidently shows a new era.
Generally, in the 1970s, the Swiss watch industry is buffeted by the quartz crisis – cheap and accurate watches from the far East are flooding the market. The crisis shakes also Breitling – quartz models such as the Navitimer with LED and LCD digits can’t stop that. On the used market, apply these watches today rather than curiosity, and cost a few hundred to more than 2,000 euros. Caution: Work issues, Breitling, nor the German importer can help watches Trautmann. Spare parts are no longer available.
At the end of the 70s comes the business from Willy Breitling. The company closes and is for sale. Ernest Schneider, owner of Sicura, seizes the chance. He buys Breitling and transferred the seat in 1982 to Grenchen. Sicura itself produces cheap watches in the lower price segment, Ernest Schneider however is not only a man of business, but also sport pilot.
The Breitling Navitimer begins a new life
Curious: In the meantime, you could buy some brand new Navitimer Breitling logo. As remainders acquires under other Helmut Sinn in Frankfurt. These watches are sought after and hard to find. Its all work and parts of the housing are signed with “Breitling” – only the dial carries the imprint of “Sense”.
Until the 90s, Breitling has continued to fight – but the plan by Schneider goes on: the mechanics is experiencing a Renaissance. Now the Navitimer is driven but Valjoux 7750 calibre, which was revised for Breitling in many parts and is. Expertise with specialist Kelek buy Breitling – Breitling Chronométrie today. With special features, the Navitimer occurs in modern times: as the airborne with pointer date is available on the twelve and therefore four Subdials in stainless steel and gold or gold from 1995 to 1997. Also the old Navitimer which comes close to the original appears in these materials – for almost ten years he produced in 1993.Many heritage editions include historical topics – 2003, the Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic SE is applied. According to the model of 1969, he wears the Crown left – but strikes inside a 12-gauge, but a caliber on the basis of the ETA 2892.
With its own movement: Breitling Navitimer 01
2009 presents own clockwork Breitling B01 calibre, becoming the factory. The factory meets highest demands and is – certified since 1999 but all watches by Breitling – chronometer. The new Breitling Navitimer 01 is in its outer design again close to the original – and pilots and clock makers continue. For the 60th birthday of the Navitimer, Breitling 01 limited edition to 500 copies sets blue sky Limited Edition with blue dial on. The glass floor is a special, is used when the Navitimer only in limited series.Among them is the automatic calibre 01 turning wheel. The anniversary model in steel 7.270 euros on the alligator strap and 8.080 euro to the steel band.
Appears in the year 2014 the Breitling Navitimer 01 to BASELWORLD with an enlarged housing; its diameter increases from 42 to 46 mm. Cost: 6.870 euro. 2015 limited Special Edition Breitling a 500-piece introduces the Navitimer AOPA. Back to the roots, Navitimer.