One To Watch | Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm Limited Edition

One To Watch | Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm Limited Edition

This month we’re swooning over a larger-than-life legend, the Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm. An impressive take on the famous Navitimer, this is a new limited edition version with a brown-and-black dial from Breitling; arguably one of the world's greatest watch brands. 

The History Of The Breitling Navitimer 

The Breitling Navitimer was first introduced in 1952 as a further development of the Breitling Chronomat, and has since become one of Breitling’s most iconic models.

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Distinguished by its signature function of the aviation-inspired circular slide rule bezel, the Navitimer was one of the largest and most practical tool watches made for use inside a plane’s cockpit. Interested in tool watches? Discover more about them here

During a time when electronic technology was not as prevalent as today, pilots could easily calculate fuel consumption, rates of ascent or descent, average speed and even exchange rates, all with the double rotating slide rule scale on their watch. Pretty impressive, right? 

Taking its name from “navigation” and “timer”, the Breitling Navitimer continues to be used by professional pilots and serious aviation admirers.

A Larger Than Life Legend 

A new edition to the Navitimer family, this Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm is limited to just 1,000 pieces and boasts an inevitably strong presence on the wrist with its 46mm case size. The larger steel case enhances the originality of the Navitimer design, whilst optimising the readability of the new black-and-brown dial and the circular aviation slide rule. 

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This is definitely a timepiece for those who like a larger watch, and whilst it is a big size, it still manages to be elegant and easy-to-wear. 

And of course, it is worth mentioning that pilot watches tend to be typically large in size to ensure optimum visibility, house all the necessary functions and also to be worn over flight jackets. This sizable timepiece simply emphasises the pilot watch feeling. 

Dial Details 

We love the combination of the black dial with the brown subdials, framed by an inner bezel also in brown. This original and distinguished result is enhanced by gold tone hands and logo, along with a red chronograph sweep-seconds hand.

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The addition of the brown creates an almost all-black aesthetic whilst slightly softening the end result, giving it an elegant and handsome finish, seen here on the steel version. 

Exhibition Caseback 

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This watch also features a sapphire crystal caseback, meaning we’re treated to quite a rare view of the Breitling Calibre 01 self-winding movement (an exhibition caseback hasn’t always been common in Breitling’s world), the officially chronometer-certified movement produced entirely in-house by Breitling. 

And at £7,210, this Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm Limited Edition is by no means an entry-level Breitling, but for a limited edition professional pilot piece from one of the world’s greatest brands, we truly believe it is a worthwhile investment. The Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm also comes in different versions which you can shop here, if you want to explore the full larger-than-life range. 

Our Verdict

Things We Like

✔ The stand-out elegance of the black and brown dial

✔ Its limited production, making it even more special

✔ The sapphire crystal caseback, so the Breitling Calibre 01 movement is visible

✔ The powerful presence of the 46mm case size

Perfect For

✔ Professional pilots and big fans of aviation

✔ Those wanting a truly iconic and luxurious pilot timepiece

✔ Keeping in your family forever by passing it down the generations

✔ Those looking for a large prestige watch that will get noticed


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