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Breitling introduces a toned-down Navitimer

Breitling introduces a toned-down Navitimer

Thursday, 22 March 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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At 65 years old, Breitling’s much-loved Navitimer pilot’s watch adopts a new look in a 38mm version, minus the chronograph but still with the signature slide rule. A Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 that should appeal to a wider audience.

The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 is part of a legendary watch family, but it has its own personality, harking back to the 1950s when Breitling introduced the Reference 66, a three-hand Navitimer. There are no chronograph subdials, so its dial is refreshingly clean. With a 38 millimeter case, it is perfectly sized both for men who prefer smaller watches and for the many women who, over the years, have asked us to create a Navitimer with a smaller diameter. This new member of the Navitimer family features a newly designed beaded and ratcheted bidirectional bezel, lending this timepiece a distinctly elegant look. Its easy-to-master aviation slide rule has long been associated with Breitling’s Navitimer.

Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 with blue dial © Breitling
Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 with blue dial © Breitling

The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 has a date window at 6 o’clock, with a matching date disc and a red-tipped second hand that offers maximum readability. The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 features a stainless-steel case, a bidirectional stainless-steel bezel, and a screwed caseback, and comes with either a black or blue dial and matching alligator leather straps. This model is also avail¬able with a silver dial in a stainless-steel version, with a luxurious 18k red gold bezel and a brown alligator leather strap. A Breitling Caliber 17 powers the Navitimer 1 Automatic 38. With its dual-acting ball-bearing rotor, it offers at least 40 hours of power reserve and is COSC-certified. The Navitimer 1 Automatic 38, with its Navitimer pedigree, its 38 millimeter case, and its aesthetic brilliance, is certain to make one of the world’s most admired watch families popular with a new audience.

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