The Breitling Navitimer Collection – A Pilot’s Favourite

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With many luxury watchmakers focused on creating timepieces as diving tools, Breitling watches are best known for their precision-made designs specifically tailored for the aviation industry. The Navitimer – one of the most iconic pilot’s watches ever created – has captured the hearts of aviators and luxury watch enthusiasts alike.

The Breitling Navitimer collection is perfectly placed for anyone looking to enter the world of luxury watches, as they offer high-end timepieces at great prices. This niche and valuable position within the market, coupled with Breitling’s reputation for creating cutting-edge, beautifully innovative timepieces, makes the Navitimer worthy of investment.

Let’s take a look at the Breitling Navitimer watches in more detail.

Breitling Navitimer – An Introduction

Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Breitling launched the Navitimer in 1952 following the addition of a circular slide rule to the bezel of their chronograph models for aircraft pilots – which became a distinctive feature of the Navitimer range. This bezel isn’t just for show and is used by pilots to assist with in-flight speed, fuel consumption, climb and descent rate calculations.

The Navitimer gets its name from fusing the two words that best describe its primary functions: navigation and timer. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association offered AOPA branded Navitimer watches during the 1950s and ’60s. Breitling was approached by Mercury Space Programme astronaut Scott Carpenter in 1961, who suggested adding a 24-hour dial as opposed to a 12-hour one.

This was intended to aid astronauts during space travel, which lacks a day and night cycle. Breitling designed a Navitimer watch that honoured Carpenter’s request, and it was worn by the astronaut on his space flight in 1962 before later being commercially produced.

The Breitling Navitimer has a rich history within aviation, with its functionality, durability and style recognised and appreciated by professional aviators and collectors alike.

Sophisticated Functionality In The Skies and on the Ground

Banks Lyon stocks a huge collection of Breitling Navitimer models in a stunning range of contemporary styles that can withstand even the most challenging conditions. The very nature of aviation means these watches have been designed to be precise, highly technical, and unshakably reliable. Here’s a more detailed look at some of our favourites from the collection.

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46 – Alligator Leather & Tang-type Buckle

Combining distinctive style and high performance, this is a larger than life take on the iconic Navitimer design. The Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46 is complemented by a variety of strap designs, but we particularly like the striking contrast of the stainless steel face against the deep black alligator leather with crisp white stitching.

Numerals are displayed as batons for an uncluttered, sophisticated watch face. This piece has a generous diameter of 46mm, which serves two functions. Not only does it give the watch a real presence on the wrist, but it optimises the readability of the circular aviation slide rule and dial.

The chronometer-certified, self-winding chronograph calibre can be seen thanks to the transparent caseback, showcasing the true intricacy and craftsmanship in the design.

You can purchase the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46 for £6,700 from Banks Lyon or from £100.50 per month at 0% finance.

Breitling Navitimer Automatic 38

If you’re looking for a more understated timepiece without compromising on elegance, the Breitling Navitimer Automatic 38 is the perfect companion. With a compact, uncluttered design, this model may have the smallest diameter in the range at 38mm, but it still makes a statement. A refined marriage between the historic appeal of the Navitimer and contemporary design.

The beaded bezel surrounds your choice of striking black, blue or silver dials – complemented further by either a matching bracelet or a range of alligator leather straps. We’ve once again found ourselves drawn to the classic black alligator leather and black dial, helping to highlight the slender, luminous-coated hands and baton numerals. Whether you’re up in the skies or shaking hands in the boardroom – the Breitling Navitimer Automatic 38 is the perfect choice for both professionals and collectors.

The Breitling Navitimer Automatic 38 is available from Banks Lyon for £3425 or from £51.38 per month on 0% finance.

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46 – Calfskin Leather & Folding Clasp

Another from the B01 Chronograph 46 collection – this time featuring a vivid blue dial and matching blue calfskin strap. Just like its black-dialled counterpart, the 46mm diameter allows for fantastic readability whether you’re in the air or on the ground.

This is a watch for those wanting to inject some vibrant colour into their timepiece. The rich blues are cooled by the stark and smart white of the bezel, which harmoniously wraps around an intricately designed main dial, complemented by the white Chronograph complications.

More variations on the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph, including the dial, are available from Banks Lyon for £6450 or from £96.75 per month on 0% finance.

We stock many Breitling watches at our Lancaster store, alongside watches from other top brands you’ll love. So, speak to us if you’d like information on the many pieces we sell or browse our website to find your next watch.