Having now seen this year’s Chronomat Airborne (the collection’s 30th anniversary), let’s take a quick look at another release from Breitling this year, the Navitimer. The Breitling Navitimer – a technical and purpose-built watch with circular slide rule – is an easily recognizable icon from the brand. This year Breitling is launching upsized versions of the Navitimer, 46mm and 48mm + GMT function. We’ll look at both, below.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flagship Chronomat model, Breitling is launching a special series with a resolutely technical and professional look. This model traces its roots in the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph that Breitling created for the Italian aerobatics team in 1983. In 1984, Breitling celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style by launching the Chronomat collection. Over the past three decades, this watch has evolved in various ways but overall it has retained a similar look and functionality. Though a big step came in 2009, when the Chronomat was the first model to house Breitling’s new Manufacture calibers. And now here we are in 2014 — the 30th anniversary of Breitling’s best-seller.
Breitling just announced a new model, the Breitling Super Avenger Military. The watch has a 48mm x 17.75mm black-coated steel case (Breitling refers to it is “ultra-resistant carbon-based” coating) that is water resistant to 1,000 feet; the chrono-pushers have screwed-in guards
are screw-down, with rough texturing for no-slip operation (same with the crown). The matching black dial has luminous stenciled numerals which display a not-oft-seen 24-hour time display. The watch is appropriately paired with a black fabric strap to complete the military look.
Although the size is a bit much for my tastes, this is a solid looking issue for the Breitling enthusiast. List price on the regular Super Avenger II is around $5,100, so expect this one a decent bit higher than this given that it is a limited edition run of 500 pieces.
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by Kyle Stults on October 10, 2013
Breitling is auctioning off a one of a kind timepiece created to pay tribute to World War II veterans. Proceeds from the winning bid on the limited edition watch will support Honor Flight‘s mission of delivering U.S. Military veterans to our nation’s capital in order for them to visit the World War II memorial. Assuming, of course, that they are able to bypass the National Park Service which has been denying entry to our Veterans on account of the partial Government shutdown. But I digress.
The watch is based on the iconic Breitling Navitimer 01 and features the Honor Flight logo on the dial. The case back is specially decorated with wreath and bracket engravings by WWII memorial creator and artist Raymond Kasky, with the phrase “Honor Flight – One Last Mission”. The auction also includes commemorative box signed by veterans featured in the film Honor Flight: One Last Mission, among others.
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Breitling introduces the “Blacksteel” version of its Navitimer Cosmonaute which also features the in-house B02 movement. Breitling’s Blacksteel watches – those with black DLC finished steel cases — are quite popular and among my favorite versions of many of Breitling’s models. Incidentally, this is the high end of what I would consider a “limited edition” watch, and while it is still a decently sized production number it is a meaningful restriction for a large, global brand such as Breitling. The Blacksteel Navitimer Cosmonaute features the Navitimer’s trademark 24-hour dial and circular slide rule bezel. It is limited to 1000 pieces and will price at a (rather hefty) $9,590.
43mm black DLC-coated steel case (brushed finish), automatic mechanical Breitling B02 caliber (COSC)
Did You Know?
On May 24th 1962, Lt Commander Scott Carpenter orbited the earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 capsule. On his wrist was a Navitimer featuring a 24-hour graduation serving to distinguish day from a night – an absolute necessity in space. This space conquest pioneer joined the Breitling collections under the name Cosmonaute.
by Kyle Stults on June 26, 2013
This special piece of James Bond history, a Breitling Top Time Ref 2002 made in 1962 and subsequently modified for 007, just sold for a whopping $160,383. This price far surpassed the pre-auction estimate of $60,000 – $90,000 set by Christie’s, who sold the watch in its June 26, 2013 “Pop Culture” sale today in London. Of note, besides the Rolex Submariner, the Breitling Top Time is the only other model of watch that Sean Connery wears as James Bond.
by Kyle Stults on April 25, 2013
Breitling fans have been waiting for this one, and it is now here: the new Breitling Emergency II. It has some new features including a rechargeable battery, a dual frequency transmitter, and an integrated antenna system. The original Breitling Emergency first debuted in 1995 and operated on the 121.5 MHz international air distress frequency. The Emergency II is the big release from Breitling this year, though they do have some other pieces you’ll want to see, including a gorgeous Transocean Chronograph Perpetual Calendar (I’ll get to that soon).
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Breitling for Bentley celebrates ten years in partnership with three new chronographs equipped with in-house calibers. The Bentley B06 is distinguished by its exclusive “30-second chronograph” system; the Bentley B04 GMT and Bentley B05 Unitime models have dual timezone and worldtime mechanisms, respectively. If you want to see a close-up of any of them, drop a comment below and I’ll provide more high-res images.
Breitling for Bentley B04 GMT, B05 Unitime, B06 Chronograph
(pictured left to right)
all 49mm case (steel or red gold offered)
Baselworld 2013 preview…
Often a favorite of watch fans, the Breitling for Bentley series will get a new addition to the series the Breitling for Bentley – Light Body Midnight Carbon watch. A limited edition of 1,00o pieces (not bad for a brand as big as Breitling), the watch has a black carbon-coated titanium case with the knurled bezel bezel which is signature to the series as it evokes the radiator grilles gracing the prow of Bentley cars.
Automatic mechanical movement with small second, 15-minute and 6-hour subs. There is also a neat and ingenious feature — a 30-second, center-set hand. This hand sweeps the dial at 2x a normal seconds hand, which enables 1/8th second chronograph second readings.
Even though it seems to do well with Breitling aficionados, I do wish they would downsize the piece — at 49mm, it is just too big for me which is unfortunate because I like the overall style.
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