The Breitling Navitimer functions are as impressive today as they were upon its first creation 65 years ago. Despite being launched in 1952, the Navitimer’s roots go back further - to 1934 when the grandfather of Breitling’s founder filed a patent for a new type of chronograph. This new chronograph moved evolved a single pusher to two separate pushers, becoming the cornerstone of all Navitimers. The collection has since been divided in two: the contemporary Navitimer 8 and the Navitimer 1 - reminiscent of the original, in style and functionality.
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Case: Its plethora of functionalities and a pilot’s need for precise legibility means the Navitimer’s case is traditionally larger than most. 43 mm and 46 mm are among the most common sizes, though 38 mm and 41 mm are available across some models too.
Sub-dials: A recognisable feature, among the busy and detailed design of the Breitling Navitimer, is its sub-dials at 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00. This historic design detail that has largely remained - except for some models in the 1990s which featured a 6-9-12 layout.
Bezel: Put away your smartphone, the Navitimer’s slide rule bezel is your very own mathematical calculator. Be patient as you get familiar and remember, if pilots could use it for complicated operations whilst flying a plane, you’ll master it in no time.