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Breitling Navitimer A23322 Luxury Watch Review

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Subscribe for the best luxury watch content. The Big Three: Breitling Navitimer, Omega Speedmaster Professional, and Rolex Submariner. At the top of the mainstream Swiss luxury pile, these are the models that define their company identities and live in watch nut immortality. Of the three, the Breitling Navitimer was the first. Breitling claims an introductory date of 1952 for the original wristwatch "flight computer." The AOPA, a major pilots' association, claims to have specified the design and contracted Breitling to deliver the first units exclusively for AOPA members. Regardless of who gets "credit" for the legendary Navitimer, there's no denying that the it's one of the most original, inventive, and widely-recognized professional watches in history. Beloved of professional pilots for decades, today, the Breitling Navitimer is the longest-running continuously-produced chronograph model in the luxury watch industry. Generations of Breitling fans revere the Navitimer, and it's easy to see why. The highly technical look is born of a combination chronograph and circular slide rule. The latter is a circular logarithmic scale that can be used as a calculator to multiply and divide. Pilots use this tool for quick calculation of speed, fuel consumption, and time to arrival, but it can be used for anything from calculating a tip to currency conversion. While it may look scary, it's actually a breeze to use; remember, this thing was designed for use by guys moving 500mph and flying through IMC weather patterns! Inside the Breitling Navitimer A23322 , a sturdy COSC Swiss Chronometer chronograph movement (Breitling Cal. 23, Valjoux 7753) keeps time and winds automatically. With the added convenience of a date feature (something the first AOPA Navitimer owners could only imagine), this could be a person's "one watch" that does it all. And the 41.5mm case is both representative of history and wearable to average wrists. The first Ref. 806 Navitimer of 1952 was a 40mm unit, so this Navitimer does an excellent job of hewing close to precedent. Moreover, the A23322 Navitimer II is a Breitling for *normal* adult male wrists. If you like the quality standards and history of Breitling but cannot fathom wearing the vault-like Breitlings or 43mm+ tool watches of the current model line, the Navitimer A23322 is the perfect solution. See this Breitling Navitimer A23322 in high-resolution images on our website, www.thewatchbox.com. It's the perfect combination of cool vintage vibe and modern luxury watchmaking refinement. Video and content by Tim Mosso.