Baselworld is commonly a mecca for watch lovers and this year was naturally no exception. Among the slew of newly unveiled models was the Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38, which subverts expectation by doing away with all chronograph functionality, meanwhile pairing a clean three-hand dial with an aviation slide rule on the bezel. Both conceptually and aesthetically, the watch harkens all the way back to brand’s own Reference 66, a stunning dress watch that likewise circumvented traditional Navitimer features upon its debut in the 1950s.
Reinforcing the Navitimer 1 Automatic 38’s dress watch vibe is a tight 38mm case of stainless steel. That makes this timepiece a potential hit among the gents and ladies alike. Similarly alluring is a newly designed, bidirectional aviation-style bezel that simply oozes with elegance. Also featured is a date window on the dial, a screwed caseback and a premium alligator strap. Under the skin is COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 17 movement, which includes a ball-bearing rotor and 40+ hour power reserve.
The standard Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 comes with either a black or blue dial. For the true collectors out there, Breitling is also offering an exclusive silver dial with an 18k red gold bezel and brown alligator leather strap. With their newest model, Breitling is certainly keeping things interesting–we imagine that’s at least part of the point.