Breitling Navitimer 01 Limited Edition Review

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The Breitling Navitimer — introduced in 1952 and distinguished by its signature function, an aviation-inspired circular slide rule bezel — has become a pillar of the Breitling watch brand and a favorite of pilots around the world. This year, Breitling introduces another limited-edition model to the Navitimer family, with an all-new black-and-brown dial and gold-toned hands.
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The Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 mm) Limited Edition has a 46-mm stainless steel case and features a bidirectional bezel inscribed with a circular slide rule, an instrument that enables pilots to make critical calculations such as fuel consumption, distance traveled, and rate of climb/descent. The “Panamerican black” dial, with hollowed-out brown subdials and ringed by an inner bezel in the same brown color, is the product of Breitling’s sophisticated “par épargne” process applied to a silver base. The hands and the winged Breitling logo at 12 o’clock are gold-toned, while the central chronograph sweep-seconds hand is in bright red, balanced by a counterweight shaped like the Breitling “anchor B” emblem. The classical tricompax design includes subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock — for chronograph minutes, chronograph hours, and running seconds, respectively — along with a date window at the 4:30 position.

Breitling_Navitimer_01-46-mm_Limited_Edition_angleIn the case of the tick insect Breitling caliber 01, manufactured with automatic winding movement, an integrated 1/4-second chronograph function, and 70 + hour power reserve. Equipped with 47 28800 vph jewelery and oscillating frequency, it, like all Breitling watch movement, chronometer-certified COSC Swiss testing agency. Both sides of a dome of sapphire crystal, not flash, cover the dial, while another sapphire panel behind the case shows the movement. Limited to 1000 pieces, the Breitling Navitimer 01 (46mm) Limited Edition offers steel bracelets, two types of leather straps or rubber Navitimer with an airplane tread pattern. Price: $ 9,720.

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