|Features||Chronograph, Date, Tachymeter|
|Case Size||43 mm|
|Water Resistance (Meters)||30|
|Glass Material||Sapphire Crystal|
|Warranty Period||2 Years|
Breitling Navitimer Navitimer 01
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Breitling, an institution that stands for the ultimate technical precision, has been known as a symbol of fliers ever since its inception, in 1884. The aviation boom in the 20th century paved the way for the success of the brand, which is now synonymous with objects of precision and durability. The brand was founded by Leon Breitling, and took the market by storm with the invention of the Navimeter. Defining and redefining its initial aesthetic, is the brand, which has produced watches of such exemplary innovation and precision, which have adorned the wrists of eminent personalities such as that of the fictional character James Bond, in Thunderball in 1965. Born from the encounter of car making, and watch making, the Breitling for Bentley collection, ‘asserted a new art of living.’
The Breitling AB012012/BB02/436X/A20D.1 is an addition to the Navimeter collection. Circular in shape, the steel case measures 43mm in diameter and 14 mm in thickness. The black dial, incorporating three luminous silver sub dials, gives the watch a cutting edge design. Applied Arabic numerals mark the path for the luminescent silver hands.
A black leather strap incorporates decorative stitching, and the folding clasp includes the manufacturer’s logo.
The watch functions date, hour, minute and seconds functions. Date display is adjusted between 5 and 6 o’ clock. Housing an automatic movement with Breitling caliber 01, with a high frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the watch exemplifies technical precision. The domed sapphire crystal is scratch resistant, and the watch consists of a screwed crown with the unique logo of Breitling. A 70 hour power reserve allows you to stay away the watch for a considerable period of time, without disrupting the movement of the watch. The watch is also water resistant to a depth of 30m, rendering the watch durable in the long run.
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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