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Many watch manufacturers market their timepieces as' aviators' watches' but very few of them would be bought by any aircrew for the purpose calculations of aeronautics. They are "design pieces' and lack the functionality a real aviator would look for in a watch. However, the Breitling Navitimer is to see an actual aviators. "

Breitling has a long historical association with the airline industry, both military and civilian. When he established Breitling first main business concern was making precise counters for both scientific and industrial use. Their expertise in making clocks precision that a retailer would be in demand for the nascent aviation industry. The relationship between aviation and Breitling watches was officially established when, in 1936, the British Royal Air Force issued Breitling watches their crews.

The Breitling Navitimer is now over 50 years of age and is a clock icon. Its design and functionality have changed little over the years. This chronograph watch can be used to calculate air speed, fuel consumption, rates decrease and the conversion of standard miles into nautical miles amongst other things – all by using the circular slide rule is on the side the front panel.

The legendary Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute is still manufactured today and is almost identical in terms of movement and style as it was when first made in 1963 by U.S. astronaut Scott Carpenter Lt. Cmdr. He wanted a Navitimer, but because you could not tell if it was day or night in space, he wanted a version of 24 hours. Indeed, this was the first Breitling (and perhaps only model) that entered the space.

Each Cosmonaute Breitling watch has a self winding, mechanical movement with a power reserve of 42 hours (approx.) There are a total of 38 jewels running at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The chronograph function is 1 / 5 seconds, 30 minutes, 12 hours and fly back. The case diameter is a minimum 41.5mm and is available in steel, bicolor (Steel and gold), gold or 18K rose gold. The domed sapphire crystal is that it is anti-reflective on both sides.

Others, current Navitimer models include the original Navitimer, Navitimer World, Montbrillant, Montbrillant Olympus, Montbrillant Datora and Chrono-Matic.

The World Cup is the largest of the Navitimer collection (case diameter 46mm), being 10% higher than the original. It consists of 25 jewels and a 2 time zone automatic mechanical movement. The case is available in steel, 18k gold or red gold.

Navitimer Montbrillant collection owes its name to the original location of the Breitling watch factory. It was at this site as the "return to zero" movement and the circular slide rule were first designed and manufactured. To commemorate these watches are little more ornate markers, hands and hours are adorned gold.

The Chrono-Matic Breitling watch was first developed in 1969 – created the Breitling caliber II, the World for self-winding chronograph movement. The clock is easily distinguished by the placement of the crown on the left side of the housing. These watches still place the crown on the left. The movement has 38 jewels and each watch has a 44mm diameter case which is available in either steel or 18K gold.

While modern technology has eliminated the need for aviation mechanical watches there are those who still appreciate the sophisticated movements of these watches, but for those that do, definitely watch Breitling Navitimer appeal.

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Follow the links for Breitling watches and read wrist watch reviews on other Swiss watches like Oris, Patek Philippe and Panerai watches.

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