Swiss watchmaker Breitling has brought back a veritable classic on the eve of Baselworld 2019. True to its name, the Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition resurrects one of the brand’s most iconic chronographs: the Navitimer. Originally released 60 years ago, this aviation watch became ubiquitous among pilots thanks to features like an innovative slide rule. In the 1960s, jazz legend Miles Davis and F1 driver Jim Clark helped broaden its cultural significance. Now the legendary Navitimer is back and presumably more powerful than ever before.
As one might hope, the Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition meticulously replicates the design of its distinguished predecessor. That includes an all-black dial of matrix-like complexity, which hosts tone-on-tone subdials and Super-LumiNova® luminescent markers. Flanking the dial is a bidirectional rotating beaded bezel with slide rule, naturally. It all comes packed within a 40.9mm case of stainless steel and perched under acrylic convex glass.
Powering the Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition is mechanical hand-wound Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, which delivers a column-wheel chronograph complication, a power reserve of approximately 70 hours, and a balance frequency of 4 Hertz. Meanwhile, a black leather strap with pin buckle rounds out the watch’s vintage charms. Needless to say, Breitling’s COSC-certified stunner brings the past back in a truly timeless fashion.