In the 1930s Breitling supplied onboard chronographs for installation within aircraft cockpits. This led to the brands strong association with the aviation industry which continues to this day. It was with this background in aviation that Breitling went on to launch an iconic pilot’s chronograph, the Breitling Navitimer.
Released in 1952 and remaining in continuous production since launch, the Navitimer model has been a resounding success for Breitling. It features a circular slide rule framing its dial, proving very useful for making various calculations.
Whilst early models incorporated hand-wound movements, later models employed automatic movements.
For many years, Breitling used ETA movements in its Navitimer models. While purists may prefer the notion of an in-house, fully integrated column wheel chronograph, such as the Calibre B01, pre-owned models with ETA based movements often provide excellent value for money and should not be dismissed.