Breitling Navitimer with AOPA logo
Case: Three-body, polished, bidirectional revolving reeded and graduated bezel, lapidated lugs, stainless steel back.
Dial: Bi-color black and silver with Tritium indexes, subsidiary guilloché dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer graduation for the telemeter, outermost silver scale for the slide-rule revolving with the bezel. Tritium baton hand. Twin Jet logo. Dial has much patina and gilt.
Movement: Cal. 178, copper-colored, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, blued steel flat balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed.
Diam. 41 mm. Thickness: 13 mm.
In the early 1950’s, Breitling released their first pilot’s watch, the ref. 806. Featuring a slide rule chronograph, the model was called the “Navitimer." The slide rule was an important innovation for pilots, because it equipped them with the means to make important calculations to make their flights successful. While the Chronomat was the first Breitling model to feature a slide rule, the Navitimer--with its long association with the Aircraft Owners & Pilot's Association or AOPA--established Breitling's reputation as a watch company for pilots. The AOPA proceeded to declare the Navitimer as their official timepiece.
The present watch is an example of a ref. 806 with the twin Jet logo. Additionally, it features silver subsidiary dials for 12 hour, 30 minutes, and constant seconds. The watch is in great condition and fitted with the new military green suede Vesper & Co. strap.