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Why We Love It
Originally released in 1954, the Breitling Navitimer has been in production longer than any other sporting chronograph. Complex yet elegant, the Reference 806 has a dial that you're bound to get lost in...
This particular example, a Reference 806, features an extremely sharp 40mm case constructed from steel, the perfect choice for a purpose-built rugged tool watch. The reverse-panda twin jet dial is busy, but rightfully so. Watches used by those flying airplanes should be complicated, right? With that said, we know a lot of pilots. We're yet to meet one who actually knows how to use one of these as a navigational instrument.
So if you're the lucky one to scoop up this beautiful example and actually figure out how to use it - let us know!
When Breitling designed the Navitimer in the early 1950s, the concept of a civilian tool watch was a novel idea. Watch companies produced a few purpose-designed pieces for military use in the early 20th century, but most watches that were sold at retailers were designed with purely fashion in mind. In the 1950s and 1960s, the tool watch market exploded, fueled by the popularity of SCUBA diving and the growing interest in aviation. Breitling was one of the earliest manufactures to respond to the trend when they released the Navitimer in 1954.
Most passers-by would refer to the Navitimer as a watch, but that’s not quite right. This is a wrist-worn navigational computer. The Navitimer’s most distinctive feature, the slide rule bezel, is used by pilots to calculate airspeed, ascent and decent rates, flight time, distance traveled, fuel consumption and even imperial to metric unit conversions. The Navitimer truly is a computer, and also happens to be one of the best damn looking watches out there.
Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown). Venus Calibre 178 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa late 1960s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black reverse-panda dial is in excellent condition with aged luminous indices and matching handset. Signed crown. Caseback shows light signs of wear.
Includes black leather strap with steel pin buckle.
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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