Breitling. A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Navitimer, Ref:806, Case No.871332, Circa 1955
Lot 166
Breitling. A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Navitimer, Ref:806, Case No.871332, Circa 1955
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,622) inc. premium
Lot Details
Breitling. A fine stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Navitimer, Ref:806, Case No.871332, Circa 1955
17-jewel Cal.178 copper-coloured lever movement signed on the bridge 'Breitling Watch Corp,' with steel polished chronograph work and shock absorption, matt-black dial with the gilt AOPA winged logo, Arabic numerals, luminous filled steel hands, double outer tachymetre scales for miles per hour and kilometers, three subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, large polished round case with snap on back, revolving bezel with milled sides for the slide rule, two round chronograph buttons flanking the crown, fitted leather strap, case, dial and movement signed
40mm.

Footnotes

  • After the success of the 'Chronomat', Breitling and the AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) decided to develop a revolutionary watch featuring a chronograph and navigation tool, the slide rule, allowing pilots and navigators the easy calculation of remaining distances and fuel consumption. The name was a combination of the words Navigation & Timer, the model was available as of 1954 when the 'Navitimer' became the official watch of the AOPA and the 'winged' logo of the association was added to the dial instead of the Breitling's 'B'. The first models did not have a reference number, but only the engraved inscription 'Breitling' and logo "B" engraved on the back. In 1955, reference number 806 was assigned and the Valjoux calibre 72 was exchanged against the Venus 178.
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