Chronograph Navitimer / Long Playing

Breitling Chronograph Navitimer / Long Playing
REF 1806 - Calibre 12 - With original box
Circa 1970

Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic chronograph.

Stainless steel back numbered: (1441297)
Brevet Breitling+488728

Breitling 12 automatic caliber
21.600 A/h - Power reserve: 42 hours

Black dial with applied index
Orange luminescent hand & flat green luminescent hands
Two white counters

Chronograph:
Central seconds hand
Counter at 03:00 for minutes.
Counter at 09:00 for hours.

Date at 06:00
Bi-directional rotating bezel (moves slide rule under the glass)

Diameter: 48 mm. (51 with crown)
Thickness: 14 mm.
Genuine Breitling winder on left side of the watch

Mineral glass (intact)

New high quality silicone leather strap
(+/- 24 cm. watch incl.)
+ Nato red strap
(+/- 27 cm. watch incl.)

Stainless steel back signed and numbered (a bit erased by years)

Screwed back with traces of use
Small dents on the bezel
The case (un-polished) and the original dial are in excellent condition.

Fully genuine (with exception for straps)
The watch has been serviced in August 2017 and is in perfect working order !

Offered with its (rare) original box and user manual (in german)



Bibliography:
Breitling vintage watch collection by D. Gottardini & J.C. Guyon
Favre Editions
A strictly similar model is reproduced pages 99, 103 & 104

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 mid-flight. 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 declared the Navitimer as their official timepiece.

1968 saw a completely new design of Navitimer, as the taste for larger watches dominated the industry. The resulting reference, the 816, was given the affectionate nickname « Flying pizza." At an impressive 48mm, this was the first of the "big case" Navitimers, the second being its automatic successor the reference 1806 (referred to as the "fried egg").

Year: Circa 1970

Price: 3550 €

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