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The Watch & Movement

Breitling Navitimer reference 806. This is a truly incredible example! It was recently rebuilt by Breitling themselves, costing over £2,000 to complete. The original Goldsmith/Breitling document is included with the sale, going through what was done.

 

This piece includes it's original box and paperwork, along with original strap. You won't find many of these that are a full set and rebuilt by Breitling themselves.

 

With all the work that has gone in to bring this piece back to life, it's an easy classic to enjoy and not worry about compared to other options on the market.

 

History

US Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) were in need of chronograph watch for there members and in 1952, went to Willy Breitling to create. His creation was an innovative instrument that would enable pilots to perform flight calculations, including average speed, distance traveled, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, and conversation of miles to kilometres or nautical miles.

 

At that time, calculations required a logarithmic slide rule. Willy Breitling therefore adapted the original logarithmic slide rule of the 1940s Chronomat for aviation purposes and integrated it into a rotating bezel, surrounded by small beads to make it easier to manipulate.

 

For the name, what could be more evocative than Navitimer, a combination of navigation and timer. When the Navitimer was finally introduced to the AOPA, it was an instant success among the association’s members.

 

This very first Navitimer, designed for the AOPA, did not feature the Breitling brand name or logo on the dial. Its iconic 806 reference was not stamped on the caseback, and the watch was only distributed to AOPA members. However, just a few years later, around 1956, the Navitimer was made available on the open market, featuring the Breitling name above a stylized winged logo and not bearing any reference to the AOPA. It was then that it also received its now iconic 806 reference.

 

Dimensions

Case size is 40mm, with a lug to lug width of 47.5mm and thickness of 12.5mm. Lug width is 22mm.

 

What’s Included

This Breitling comes on a lightly used OEM strap and tang buckle. Included is the box, original strap and warranty booklet, dated 1965.

 

Polish

We tend to not polish our watches before listing them for sale. This is because we have always preferred to keep as much metal on the watch as possible and preserve its shape. We are able to offer a polish as a free service; just let us know if you wish for this to be done, and we can have our watchmaker complete. This will take 4-5 working days to dispatch.

 

Part Exchange

We always prefer this! Being enthusiasts, the more watches we get to handle, the better. We're always on the hunt for new and interesting pieces! Please get in touch with the watch you have, along with as much information as you can, such as the reference and any photos. We'd love to give you a price.

 

Peace of mind

All of the watches we source are rigorously inspected. Every watch is also checked against the Watch Register for lost or stolen goods for your peace of mind. A certificate from The Watch Register can be provided free of charge upon request.

 

Please check our feedback across our selling platforms for added peace of mind and send us a message. We are always happy to help further and talk watches.

 

Many thanks for looking, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806

£7,999.00Price
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