The Breitling Navitimer Collection was introduced in the 1940’s when the company incorporated a circular slide rule to the bezels of their already popular Breitling Chronographs. They especially geared the Breitling Navitimer watches for airline pilots since this added complication allows for pilots to convert time, speed, distance and temperature for navigation. The Breitling Navitimer name is actually an acronym of navigation and timer signifying its use as a chronograph designed as a grand complication for the airline industry.
In 1961, one of our early astronauts, Scott Glenn, came to Breitling with the novel idea of adding a 24 hour dial to the Breitling Navitimer watches instead of the existing 12 hour dial seen on Breitling chronographs. This was very important to space travel since day and night is irrelevant in orbit. This became known as the Breitling Cosmonaute Navitimer. These original models remain collectors’ items of extremely high value and are highly sought after.
Today the Breitling Navitimer watches remain a huge part of the Breitling collection. The Breitling Navitimer Montbrilliant Olympus sub collection is a classic example of this venerated brand. It features the complicated functionality that the collection is known for, a chronograph that can measure day, date, month, and moon phases including a four year cycle that accounts for the leap year. The back of these Breitling Navitimer chronographs features an engraving of the original production factory on Montbrilliant St, where these watches were first built.
The Breitling Navitimer World watches has the added feature of two time zones and although its larger than the other models in this series it has a unique design that offers a very comfortable fit, making it especially popular with both pilots and casual wearers alike.
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