The Navitimer watch by Breitling is without a doubt one of the most admired pilot’s watches ever to hit the market. The watch was first released in the 1950’s, and was a no nonsense tool watch meant to assist pilot’s in calculating ground speed, and or fuel consumption during a flight. As for the Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41, this was a watch set out to blend all of the expected features, with more modern attributes, to deliver a highly functional contemporary timepiece. This watch draws plenty of inspiration from the older Navitimer 806, which was a simple 3 hander from the 1950’s. This new watch is being released in two different versions, both having 41 millimeter case diameters.
The first variant comes in an all stainless steel case, and the second variant has the same case, but sports an 18k red gold bezel. This steel version is offered in three different dial colors. There is silver, black, and blue. The watch is powered by the Breitling in house chronometer certified Calibre 17. The frequency is 4Hz, or 28,800 vph, and offers a 38 hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant up to 30 meters, but this is a pilot’s watch, and not intended for duties in the water. The owner has a choice of stainless steel bracelet, or alligator strap. This watch is firmly rooted in the traditions of the Breitling Navitimer, and has been modernized while at the same time having some size added to it with the 41 millimeter case.
The size of this watch will be just fine for many differing wrist sizes, and will be a relief to those who felt the original 38 millimeter cases were a bit small for the cockpit. The layout of the dial is the same information packed layout of previous Navitimers, and has the date complication at the 6 o’clock. I have every reason to believe that this watch will be a strong release for the brand, and with five different dial and bezel options, there is something to please everyone. For more information please visit breitling.com. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.