Breitling, watchmaker known for its aviation heritage, has decided to celebrate the repair of the iconic Breitling Super Constellation plane with the release of a special edition of the Navitimer. After a short pause that was needed for maintenance, the rare aircraft (there are only three “Super Connies” preserved) will fly once again, thanks to the Breitling’s financial support. To mark this success, the Swiss watchmaker will launch a limited edition Navitimer chronograph that is undoubtedly worthy of such an honor.
As all aviation enthusiast already know, the Lockhead L-1049 Super Constellation persists to be one of the symbols of the mankind’s conquest of the skies. This brilliant propeller-driven plane, which features a distinctive triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage, dominated civil aviation in the 1950s. The Breitling Super Constelation, also known as the “Star of Switzerland”, is one of last three aircrafts of this type that is still in flightworthy condition (the only in Europe). This plain was built in 1955, restored in the 1990s and made its comeback to Europe in 2004. Since then, this iconic plane has taken part in various air shows. Over the past month, this historic aircraft has undergone all kinds of maintenance operations, and is now finally ready to fly again.
Breitling Watches has announced its plan to launch a limited edition of its famous Navitimer chronograph, and to donate the part of its earnings for further maintenance of the airplane. This special edition consists of 1,049 pieces (homage to the Lockhead L-1049). The commemorative watch features the inscription “Breitling Super Constellation” on the dial, as well as the engraving with technical specs and plane’s silhouette on its case back. It also has a polished steel case (42 mm in diameter), fitted with the Breitling Caliber 23 automatic chronograph movement. The Breitling Navitimer Super Constellation is expected to be available soon with a range of strap and bracelet options.