The Breitling Navitimer, the favourite watch of aviators

The Breitling Navitimer is undoubtedly one of the primary cult watches on the watch scene. This iconic watch stands out with its slide rule dial. Pilots swear by it, and for good reason. A closer look at this legendary model.

The story behind the Navitimer

The Breitling Navitimer was created in 1952 to provide pilots with a true instrument they could wear on their wrist. Its name is a contraction of the words «navigation» and «timer». The slide rule on this watch allows wearers to analyse and solve all air navigation calculations. Hence, it is possible to calculate things such as fuel consumption and flight time and convert miles to kilometres. Indeed, when it came out, it was extremely popular with collectors.

The rebirth of the Navitimer

The Navitimer disappeared somewhat in the 1970s. Yet, it came back on the scene in 2009 when it was equipped with a manufacture movement, Breitling calibre 01, a technologically advanced chronograph movement that is COSC certified. Subsequently, in 2014, the case size was increased to enhance readability. Since then, the Navitimer has continued to captivate fans of watchmaking and aviation.

Discover some of our Navitimer models

The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38

This automatic watch perfectly combines historical charm and elegance in a contemporary timepiece. The case features a beaded bezel and comes with different straps. The Navitimer 1 Automatic is driven by Breitling calibre 17.

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph, which measures 43 mm in diameter, combines technical mastery with an original design. It contains the Breitling manufacture calibre 01, the perfect example of excellence and reliability. This model is distinguished by its steel case, its black dial with a red seconds sweep hand, its silvered chronograph counters and its applied hour markers.

The Navitimer 1 Chronograph

The 41 mm version features a black, blue or silver dial with tone-on-tone counters. The famous circular slide rule on the bidirectional rotating bezel makes it possible to perform all necessary air navigation calculations. The model is a COSC-certified chronometer, thus meeting the highest demands in terms of precision and reliability.

There are more models available in store and at our e-shop. Please contact us if you have any questions.