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.
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.
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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