The Navitimer watch is the world's oldest chronograph watch developed by Breitling in 1952 specifically for the aviation industry. The Navitimer Chronograph was the first watch to feature a built-in navigation computer technology. The watch has been in continual production for well over 50 years remaining one of Breitling's most famous collections of watches. The watch was designed in collaboration with AOPA (Aircrafts Owners and Pilots Association) becoming known as the organizations official watch with the logo appearing on the Navitimer Chronograph dial until the early 1960's when it was replaced with the Breiling name on the face of the dial. The original movement used in the Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch was the Valjoux 72 replaced in 1955 with the Venus 178 movement employed until the 1970's by Breitling in the Navitimer watch
In 1962 Breitling was asked by NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter to develop a Navatimer watch featuring a 24 hour display citing that in space it was easy to confuse day from night, and this request led to the development of the Navitimer Cosmonaute which is a model that has hardly been altered in the past 40 years and is still in production today. The Navitimer watch would go on to become to the first Breitling chronograph watch to go into space.
In the 1970's Breitling began to alter the Navitimer Chronograph watch in somewhat dramatic fashion adding a date window and increasing the size of the watch while replacing the Venus 178 movement with the Valjoux 7740 which is a movement still in production today.
In 1969, Breitling introduced the first self-winding chronograph movement, the Caliber II, which became known as the Chrono-Matic and are still being produced today. The Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic features 38 jewels with a casing diameter of 44mm; this version of the Breitling Chronograph Navitimer watch is available in stainless steel or 18k yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold.
The Navitimer watch collection has grown over the years to include the Cosmonaut, World, Montbrillant, Montbrillant Olympus, Montbrillant Datora and Chrono-Matic.
Of all the watches in the Navitimer watch collection, the Navitimer World exemplifies the perfection of Breitling unfolding new dimensions in the watchmaking industry. The Navitimer World is about 10% bigger than the original Navitimer watch with a 46mm casing diameter and 25 jewels encompassing the bezel of dial of the watch while featuring the ability to set the time of two different time-zones, along with a self-winding mechanical movement. The case and the bezel of the watch can feature either stainless steel, 18K yellow gold, white gold or rose gold. The Navitimer World is the most elaborate of any watch from the Navitimer collection and can feature a stainless steel or fine leather bracelet
The Navitimer, powered by Calibre 24 movement, ensures the accurate readability of the time achieved while the hands display the time of any corner across the globe with a 24-hour feature.
As one of the earliest watches in the Breitling family to be in continual production for over 60 years the Navitimer Chronograph watch has earned a special place in both the companies history as well as in the history of aviation.
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