The Grenchen watchmaker, Breitling, has decided to make another iteration of its famed Navitimer model. This watch first saw the light of day nearly seventy years ago and it has earned the status of the company’s flagship model in the meantime. The new limited edition which is restricted to 1,000 pieces features a strong masculine presence and comes with a grey and black dial in the combination with a steel housing. More importantly, it is supplied with well-known Breitling B 01 automatic caliber which will serve as another advantage of the new model in the eyes of the brand’s aficionados. The dark-colored theme, visible on the dial is mirrored on a blackened rotor of the movement, as it can be seen on the rear side of the watch.
Breitling Navitimer is among the best-known models in the entire history of the watchmaker. It was initially launched way back in 1952 and it was immediately recognized as a reliable pilot’s instrument. The good reception of the public and the cult status of the piece brought numerous new incarnations of the model over the years and ultimately a whole collection which was named after it. The latest among these variants does not replicate the original black and silver color scheme, but instead features a new appearance which is simple yet very interesting an uncommon at the same time.
The basis of the dial is in dark gray, while the chrono counters are black. For an additional appeal, the dial features a sunburst brushed finish. This new combination expands the currently available palette of more expected choices when Navitimer 01 model is in question. These involve original styling, monochrome options in silver, black and blue, as well as black and blue version. Some of these color choices are seen in limited editions of the piece, just like it is the case with the new version.
Otherwise, the outlay of the dial does not include any changes and all the traits of the previous variants are present (though it should be said that this is the version with bar-shaped hour markers and not the one with Arabic numerals). The dial is encircled with a slide-rule measurements, there are three sub-dials (in 3,6,9 outlay), as well as a date display jammed between four and five o’clock positions.
Breilting Navitimer 01 Limited Edition in a gray and black livery comes in a stainless steel round housing (some of the previous incarnations of the model also include an 18 K red gold option, unlike the newest one). When it comes to dimensions, the case is 43 mm wide and 14.25 mm thick, while the lug width is 22.5 mm. As expected, the piece features a bi-directional slide rule bezel with serrated appearance. Both the looks and the features of the bezel derive from the original use of the model which was launched as a pilot’s watch. It is knurled so it could be easily manipulated while wearing gloves. The reason why a pilot would be turning it in the first place is its use in computations of various measurements that are enabled with its slide rule. Even though this may seem like a relic of olden times at the present, it can still be a very useful feature and the watch can be relied on as a back-up instrument mid-flight.
Furthermore, Navitimer 01 Limited Edition includes cambered sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective coating. The same material which exposes the movement can be seen on the rear side of the screwed-in case-back. Supported water resistance of the piece is minimal. It measures just to 30 meters, which is unusually low when compared to common models in the brand’s offer.
As it has been mentioned, one of the biggest advantages of the model is the presence of in-house Breitling B 01 caliber which is particularly the case with those watch aficionados who are inclined to more traditional watch-making values. Caliber 01 is a mechanical self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement. It beats at the frequency of 28,800 vph and it incorporates 47 jewels in its construction. The completely in-house designed and manufactured movement can pride itself with a prolonged power reserve which lasts for at least 70 hours. In order to match the appearance of the front, the winding rotor of the movement was blackened which is a touch we have been seeing more and more in Brielting’s recent models.
When it comes to the attachments, the choice is quite broad since it includes two steel bracelets and the same amount of different leather straps in a host of colors. The available steel options are Air Racer with circular perforations or more traditional Navitimer type with seven links of various widths (two outer links are wider than the rest). Additionally, one can opt for a leather or a crocodile leather strap when buying Navitimer 01 Limited Edition piece. The first one can be brown, gold, black, blue or green, while the latter one includes all of these options, as well as camel and burgundy shades. Both types of leather wristlets allow additional choice of a buckle which can be a folding clasp or a tang-type one.