Breitling AOPA Navitimer Chronograph with Radium Dial and Hands
Navigating the Skies: The Timeless Legacy of the Breitling Navitimer
Among the constellation of horological marvels, the vintage Breitling Navitimer shines as brightly as the renowned Speedmaster or the iconic Submariner. This exceptional pilot's chronograph, meticulously crafted with a slide-rule function for navigation, stands as a testament to both precision engineering and enduring style. Its ink-black, glossy dial is adorned with the enchanting patina of Radium, a silent testament to the countless journeys it has witnessed. The hands and indexes echo this aged allure, forming a captivating ensemble against the backdrop of its meticulously preserved dial. The straight and chamfered lug case preserves its form in an impeccable state, a testimony to the watch's lasting allure.
At the heart of these remarkable timepieces lies the manual-wind Venus 178 movement, a marvel of horological craftsmanship. This particular Breitling Navitimer, proudly bearing the triple signature of the brand, has found a new home with a Bulang and Sons strap, as depicted in the imagery. Undergoing the expert care of our watchmaker, it has been fully serviced to ensure peak performance. Yet, what elevates this piece to the realm of true collectability is the presence of the AOPA Logo on the Dial – an emblem that intertwines Breitling's legacy with aviation history.
The roots of Breitling's partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) stretch back over seven decades. In 1952, Willy Breitling unveiled a revolutionary chronograph concept tailored for aviation enthusiasts. The AOPA, the largest pilots' club in the world, embraced this design and deemed it their official timepiece two years later. The fruit of their collaboration gave birth to the legendary Navitimer, an embodiment of both timekeeping precision and aviator heritage. In its original form, the watch proudly adorned the AOPA emblem at the 12 o'clock position, encapsulating the spirit of flight.
- Breitling Navitimer Chronograph ref 806
- Serial number dates to the early 1960s
- 41 mm steel case
- Reverse panda dial, adorned with original Radium and Hands
- Straight lug case, preserving its iconic form
- Venus 178 manual wind movement
- Presented on the distinguished Casa Pieper Leather strap
- Meticulously serviced by our watchmaker
- Accompanied by a one-year mechanical warranty
- Enveloped in a handmade leather watch pouch
- Complimentary worldwide Fedex Priority shipping
In this remarkable timepiece, history converges with craftsmanship, offering an opportunity to own a slice of aviation's legacy and a symbol of horological excellence that remains as relevant and revered as the constellations themselves.
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