Breitling Navitimer GMT and Navitimer 01 (46mm)

Baselworld 2014…

Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm and Breilting Navitimer GMT

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.

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Breitling Chronomat Airborne 30th Anniversary

Breitling Airborne Chronomat 30th Anniversary dial detail

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.

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Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Edition

Breitling Super Avenger Military WatchBreitling 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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Breitling Navitimer “Honor Flight” Pays Tribute to WWII Veterans


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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