All About the Breitling Classic AVI Watches

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At Banks Lyon, you’ll find many luxury watches for all lifestyles and tastes, such as the Breitling Classic AVI pieces, which are inspired by aviation. The collection reflects the brand’s rich heritage and pays tribute to Breitling’s past with watches that are perfect for both professional pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

These Breitling Classic AVI watches are rugged and highly legible even in harsh conditions, so they’re perfect for high-pressure situations like flying an aircraft. Take a look at what makes this range so special and why you should consider adding one of these watches to your collection.

The Breitling Classic AVI Collection

With the collection, the watchmaker is commemorating “the pioneering spirit of early pilots” as well as celebrating four famous planes, including the North American P-51 Mustang, which we’ll discuss in more detail below.

Breitling watches have been used by pilots for a very long time and, to this day, they still remain one of the most reliable and durable pieces capable of accompanying you in any situation. When you buy Breitling, you’re also investing in sophistication and precision – qualities that are crucial to the Classic AVI collection.

The iconic range is also incredibly technical and made with the utmost attention to detail, so you can expect high performance to match the stunning designs the brand is known for.

Not only that, but the watches are also modern interpretations of the first pilots’ watches the brand manufactured in the 30s and 40s – they still retain the original DNA, including in terms of complexity, design, and use of high-end materials and techniques.

Image: Breitling Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 Tribute to Vaught F4U Corsair, available for £7,900 or from £118.50 per month.

Features of the Breitling Classic AVI Collection

Want to know what you get when you buy a piece from the Breitling Classic AVI collection? These sporty watches come with many features that make them sought-after by so many watch enthusiasts around the world. For instance:


Breitling knows that pilots need a reliable piece on their wrist even when conditions get extreme, which is why every watch in the collection is a COSC-certified chronometer. On top of this, Classic AVI watches undergo rigorous tests to ensure quality even when used intensively, meaning they can perform well in good and bad weather, as well as under pressure.

The watches also have a power reserve of 70 hours.


Another popular feature of these watches is that they come with Super-LumiNova® that ensures the dial’s legibility even if the pilot only catches a glimpse.


Whether you want to take your watch into the sky, go hiking or explore the mountains, you can rest assured that the materials the Classic AVI collection is made from will make that a breeze. From stainless steel to rose gold, there’s plenty to choose from. This means there’s something for everyone, whatever your lifestyle!


Another reason to consider Breitling Classic AVI watches as your next purchase is that they’re made with the best – and most useful – complications, which is guaranteed to make your daily life (not to mention your adventures) easier. This includes day-date, chronographs and GMT complications.

The Breitling Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 P-51 Mustang

We’ve chosen the Breitling Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 P-51 Mustang to showcase a bit more in detail. Still, there are many other additions to the Breitling Classic AVI family that you can choose from, so let us know if you’d like more information about any of our other watches.

In the meantime, you can rest assured that the Mustang model is truly an unforgettable piece. It’s named after a legendary aircraft and pays homage to Breitling’s rich heritage. The brand’s history with aviation starts early; in the 1930s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation department manufactured many cockpit clocks known for their precision and durability.

The rugged Classic AVI pieces, including the Mustang model, come with a large dial and easy-to-read Arabic numerals on both the dial and the bezel. This particular watch has a 46mm case made from stainless steel that ensures its durability and resistance to wear and tear.

The knurled bezels help with grip, and the GMT function is ideal for pilots who can track a second-time zone.

Another key feature of this watch is the bidirectional bezel, which can rotate in both directions and can measure things like elapsed time and help with shifting time zones. In addition to this, the watch is also water-resistant up to 100 metres. It has sapphire crystal to protect the movement and the dial, ensuring the longevity of the piece – and its durability and visual appeal, seeing as the material is scratch-resistant.

The transparent caseback lets you glimpse the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B04 movement, which offers about 70 hours of power reserve.

You can purchase the Breitling Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 P-51 Mustang at Banks Lyon for £7,900 or from £118.50 per month at 0% finance.

Breitling Classic AVI watches are the pinnacle of watchmaking, offering precision, reliability and sophistication all in one. So, whether you’re a professional pilot, just learning to fly, or you simply wish to buy a timepiece that will last even if you take it with you on your outdoor exploits, these watches are for you. We also offer a range of other Breitling watches from Breitling Avenger and Breitling Chronomat to Breitling Premier and Breitling Superocean.

With our personal shopper service, we can help you to choose the right timepiece for you or as a gift for a loved one – you can also visit us in Lancaster and Kendal to see the watches for yourself and try them on.