Breitling’s Navitimer is a legendary timepiece across the aviation industry - due both to its classic design and inimitable functionalities. Designed especially for pilots in 1952, the Navitimer’s slide rule bezel enabled complicated calculations and equations to be completed in-flight. The popularity of the Navitimer 1 is undoubtedly down to its affinity with its roots. 1950s aviation design lives on; those looking for a touch of class and nostalgia need look no further.
Bezel: The Breitling Navitimer 1’s rotating slide rule bezel is what secured this watches notoriety in the aviation industry. It still remains a useful tool today, enabling quick calculations for tasks such as currency conversions and calculating a tip.
Dial: At first glance the Navitimer 1’s dial appears busy but, even with its iconic trio of sub-dials, it’s surprisingly easy to read. Those looking for something cleaner should look for the Navitimer 1 Automatic 38, controversially designed without subdials.
Case: Three subdials and a bezel of this complexity require a case bigger than most. The original was 42 mm versus the standard 35 mm case of the time. But in recent years, the Navitimer 1 has gone even larger - to 46 mm for the classic edition and 48 mm for the GMT.