The Navitimer is an evolutionary step in Breitling’s pilot chronograph saga. Years before its launch, Breitling invented the first chronograph to use multiple pushers for the start/stop and reset functions. They were also the supplier of on-board chronographs to Britain’s Royal Airforce throughout WWII. Their earlier model, the Chronomat, was introduced in 1940, and the Navitimer did not come around until 1952. It is known as an evolution because the Navitimer added functionality to the Chronomat’s rudimentary sliding bezel. The Navitimer employed a similar style of sliding bezel, this time designed specifically for in-flight use. Pilots using the Navitimer were able to complete crucial calculations including fuel consumption and average speeds.
The huge significance of the Navitimer to both horology and aviation is one of the main reasons why any version of the Navitimer is so desired by hardcore watch collectors, aviation enthusiasts, and one-time watch buyers alike. It goes without saying that the Navitimer is a pillar among all watches. The Navitimer has also found its way into mainstream pop-culture by appearing on the wrists of the likes of James Bond, Miles Davis, and astronauts while in outer space.
In the current state of the market, there is a great deal of value when it comes to preowned Breitlings. The Navitimer collection boasts many different case materials, dial colors, complications, and dial configurations. You will certainly find a Navitimer, traditional or uncommon, to fill a spot in your watchbox. If you are in the market for a Breitling Navitimer, Watchbox’s global inventory is the best place to start your search!
The Navitimer is one of the most celebrated and coveted chronographs of all time. It is an unparalleled icon for Breitling and is representative of what the whole company stands for. The name says it all -- a mix of “navigator” and “timer”, the watch is quite literally just that. It is a watch designed to be used by pilots as a convenient in-flight calculator, made possible by Breitling’s patented slide-rule bezel.