The Breitling Replica Navitimer AOPA has just been released as a tribute to the 1950s original
The cult pilot’s Breitling replica watches uk continues its reign with the launch of a limited edition inspired by the very first Navitimers from the 1950s. The new model’s release also coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the AOPA’s 60th year of association with Breitling.
The original Navitimer was developed from Breitling’s onboard chronographs for navigation calculations in aeroplanes, which it began producing in the early 1930s. Twenty years later, the world’s pilots were demanding chronographs for the wrist, and the Navitimer – complete with circular slide rule – was born in 1962.
The Swiss Breitling replica watches world’s largest aeronautical association loved it, snapping the Navitimer up as their official timepiece – the reason that a lot of surviving Navitimers from the 1950s and 60s are stamped with the AOPA’s winged logo. It proved so successful that the Navitimer has been in continuous production ever since.
The new self-winding Navitimer AOPA bears the same gold logo on the black dial and engraved on the stainless steel caseback, guaranteeing it a place in the hearts of future collectors. Perhaps more excitingly – certainly for anyone welcoming the recent trend towards slightly more modest case sizes, is the news that the AOPA Navitimer measures 42mm across. Inside, it’s powered by the high frequency COSC chronometer-certified Breitling Caliber 23, and – of course – features a bidirectional rotating bezel with circular slide rule.
Staying faithful to the original, the new dial sports three black subdials in a 3-6-9 arrangement, but has ditched the numerals in favour of legible indices. There’s a date window too, discreetly tucked between 4 and 5 o’clock. The cambered sapphire glass has been glareproofed on both sides, and the watch is water resistant to 30m.
The Replica Breitling Navitimer AOPA will be limited to 500 pieces, and comes on either a crocodile leather strap or steel bracelet.