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The Nav­itimer, Bre­itling’s most em­blem­atic time­piece, is a pilot’s watch, first launched in 1952. It is the only chrono­graph that has been in non-stop pro­duc­tion ever since. Bre­itling’s con­nec­tion to avi­a­tion goes back even fur­ther to 1938, when Willy Bre­itling set up the Huit Avi­a­tion Depart­ment that fo­cused on cre­at­ing pilot’s watches and tim­ing in­stru­ments which could be used in the cock­pit.

With the on­set of World War II, Bre­itling was com­mis­sioned to fit mil­i­tary planes like the Bri­tish Spit­fire planes with cock­pit clocks. By the Fifties and Six­ties, sev­eral com­mer­cial air­lines in­clud­ing KLM, United Air­lines, Lock­heed and Con­vair also be­gan us­ing Bre­itling clocks in their air­craft.

When the Nav­itimer made its de­but, it was de­vel­oped in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Air­craft Owners and Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion (AOPA). In fact, in those early years of its pro­duc­tion, the only way you could get your­self a Nav­itimer was if you were an ac­tual pilot. The slide rule func­tion on the watch can be used to calculate vi­tal func­tions like ground speed, fuel con­sump­tions, and carry out divi­sion, mul­ti­pli­ca­tion and al­go­rithms too. At the Sum­mit, we went hands-on with the Nav­itimer 1 B03 Rat­tra­pante 45 Bou­tique Edi­tion equipped with the brand’s first in-house split-sec­onds chrono­graph move­ment and now fea­tures a ‘Stratos Grey’ dial. We also got a sneak peek of the up­com­ing Nav­itimer 8 B01 Cur­tiss Warhawk spe­cial edi­tion which is named af­ter the shark-nosed Cur­tiss P-40 Warhawk plane that was the third most man­u­fac­tured war­plane dur­ing WWII.

Nav­itimer 1 B03 Rat­tra­pante 45 Bou­tique Edi­tion

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