|Features||Chronograph, Date, Tachymeter|
|Case Size||43 mm|
|Water Resistance (Meters)||30|
|Glass Material||Sapphire Crystal|
|Warranty Period||2 Years|
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Breitling is a premier Swiss company, which produces chronometers. This brand has a long history, which goes back to 1884. Timekeepers from Breitling are popular among aviators, divers, and swimmers as they ensure precision and performance. The model AB012721/BD09/443A is a part of the Navimeter collection from the house of Breitling. The Navimeter was first launched in 1952. Breitling, with the help from a mathematician, developed a slide rule bezel with, which navigators and aviators could calculate complex logarithmic values. With the addition of this feature the watch also performed the function of a calculator. Since its development the Navimeter has undergone several changes but its slide rule bezel is constant even today.
This model has a steel case of 43 mm diameter, which protects the complex dial. The dial is black and has silver toned markers engraved on it. There are three sub dials at the 3, 6 and 9 o’ clock positions to add to the sporty look of the watch. The hour hands and markers have been filled with superluminova to ensure easy readability in dark conditions or even under water.
Stainless steel has also been used in making the bracelet of this chronometer, which has a folding clasp, to ensure a snug fit.
This timepiece is powered by automatic movement, which features 47 jewels, and has a power reserve of up to 70 hours. This timepiece is water resistant up to 30 metres, and thus, can be easily worn during rain without the fear of damage. The dial features a date display window between the 4 and 5 o’ clock position. The highlight of this timepiece is its design, which is best suited for aircraft navigators. The slide rule bezel facilitates calculations done by navigators, such as conversion of distance in kilometers to nautical miles. The Navimeter is the official timekeeper for the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, further assuring its precision.
Coined from the words navigator and timer, the Navitimer is one of the most legendary collections by Breitling. The birth of the Navimeter as an idea preceded its execution by decades, with the Breitling Chronomat in 1942. Willy Breitling collaborated with the mathematician Marcel Robert to design a slide rule bezel that made the calculation of complex logarithmic values possible. This led to the development of a scale that incorporated the three units necessary for aerial navigation- STAT, KM and NAUT. Pilots all over the world could now perform complicated calculations such as fuel consumption, average or climbing speeds, and so on, by using their Navitimer, which doubled as a calculator. Since its launch in 1952 till today, more than 60 years after its release, the Navimeter has undergone several changes, including an evolution from the manual Venus 178 movement in 1952 to the highly modern automatic movement in 1969, though the side rule bezel has remained a constant component. The first editions of the Navimeter 806 are today highly sought after collectibles.
With dial diameters ranging from 43-48mm, each watch from the Navimeter collection is bold and historically suited for aircraft navigators, by providing easy visibility even in poor lighting. The most distinctive feature of timepieces from this line is the aviation slide rule, perfect for complex calculations such as conversions from kilometres to nautical miles. Some newer models come with a transparent case back that allows an insight into the immaculate working of Breitling’s certified automatic movement.Though the dials are mainly traditional panda or reverse panda coloured, other hues are available for some of the more adventurous wearers. A wide variety of strap or bracelet options are also offered.
The Navimeter boasts the post of being the official time keeper for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, proving its mettle when it comes to impeccable timekeeping. The collection finds admirers in personalities from all walks of life, including the American actor and pilot John Travolta and French singer Serge Gainsbourg.
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