The history of a watch legend
The Breitling Navitimer was first introduced in 1952 and is now a watch that enjoys cult status. The model with the ingenious slide rule succeeded the Breitling Chronomat and specifically catered to professional pilots. The integrated slide rule allowed easy and quick calculations of fuel consumption, climb and descent rates, average speeds, and other important navigation data. Thanks to the domed sapphire crystal, the results of slide rule calculations can easily be read. The design of the original Navitimer is characterized by a black watch face and chronograph display, as well as a pearl bezel that guarantees easy grip and overall handling.
It did not take long for the Breitling Navitimer to gain cult status in the field of aviation. Before long, the watch was chosen as the official timepiece of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The winged logo of the AOPA therefore decorates the watch dial of the first Navitimer models (Ref. 806), and symbolizes the close connection between Breitling and the pilots association that to this day, is still going strong. The success of the Navitimer did not stop.
The success of the Navitimer did not stop there, however: in 1962, a special edition of the Navitimer - the Cosmonaute with the 24 hour-display - accompanied the astronaut, Scott Carpenter, to space. Regularly, the Navitimer can also be admired on the silver screen: the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965) shows Captain with a bold Breitling Navitimer (Ref. 806), whose elegant design has since enchanted generations of watch admirers.