Breitling Navitimer 01 watches for sale - vintage, certified pre-owned or new
The great-grandfather of all pilot's watches - in new splendor
The company Breitling is often associated with aviation, and quite rightly so. Already in 1942, the company presented its first pilot's watch to the public, the Breitling Chronomat. Only eight years later, the first Breitling Navitimer was launched. It was the world´s first watch with its characteristic slide rule bezel - the combination of navigation and timekeeping brought a professional customer base onto the scene. Above all, pilots and officers appreciated the numerous functions, quickly established the Navitimer as the ultimate pilot's watch. No wonder then that it did not took long and pilot's watches entered the fashion world. Especially the Breitling Navitimer, is rather noticeable with a size of 40mm or more and with it distinctive bezel. It is still considered a popular fashion accessory. Visually changed since the first launch in 1950, hardly anything. But in the inside of the watch many things had been modernized.
In 2009, the manufacture caliber Breitling B01 was introduced and installed from 2010 on in the Breitling Navitimer. With the replacement of the previously used caliber Venus 178 also changed the name of the legend - the Breitling Navitimer 01 was born.
What makes the Breitling Navitimer 01 so special?
The heart of the Breitling Navitimer 01 is the mechanical manufacture caliber Breitling B01 with automatic winding. The Breitling Navitimer 01 owes its name to this. Of course, the chronometer has been tested and certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) and offers a power reserve of approximately three days - 70 hours.
Developing your own manufacturing caliber does not just mean prestige. Rather, the company itself is laying the foundation to specify higher technical parameters and thus stand out from the crowd, as many manufacturers in the same price segment still use the standard ETA chronograph movement from the 1970s. The manufacture caliber Breitling B01 has been designed for mass production as well as for simple control and maintenance; Two more manufactory calibers are already build on it (B04 in GMT and B05 in the Breitling World Time).
The housing of the current Navitimer 01 is available in three variants: in classically polished stainless steel, yellow gold and rose gold. It has a diameter of 46 mm and a height of 14.6 mm. The domed sapphire crystal is anti-reflective coated on both sides and guarantees a perfect view of the dial even in bright sunlight. The bezel is rotatable in both directions and has an integrated slide rule - the undisputed recognition feature of the Breitling Navitimer 01. The watch is water-resistant up to 3 atm, meaning it is protected against water splashes, but contact with water should be avoided if possible.
The black dial includes applied indexes on which points are applied with luminous material. The stick indexes are also coated with luminescent material and thus offer good readability even in low light conditions. On the dial, the Navitimer 01 offers numerous variations, for example, it is also available in various shades of blue and gray or silver.
On the wrist, the timepiece is held by a classic leather strap, optionally by the steel link bracelet "Navitimer". The steel bracelet can be opened with classic folding clasp, the leather strap by a pin buckle.
The functions of the Breitling Navitimer 01 are not limited to hour, minute, small second, and date. On the contrary, thanks to ¼-second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers, as well as the slide rule function can perform many complex aviation calculations. Although this is hardly or not at all necessary today, the pilot's watch can be used to calculate climb and descent rates, fuel consumption or average speed.
From Hollywood to the United Kingdom
John Travolta is not only a successful actor, but also actively pursues his favorite hobby - aviation. As a hobby pilot and official brand ambassador of the company Breitling since 2005, a Breitling Navitimer 01 as the pilot's watch par excellence is of course in its collection. It is not uncommon to see him with other Breitling models on the wrist, but the Navitimer series is surprisingly often represented - admittedly, the eye-catching timepiece is also a very good polarizing man like John Travolta.
A British greatness of television history is also an avowed Breitling fan. The speech is from television host Richard Hammond. Known from the popular car magazines "Top Gear" and "The Grand Tour", he often unconsciously sticks his watch into the camera while driving casually with one hand on the steering wheel - a Breitling Navitimer 01 (ref AB012721 / BD09BKCD).
Excerpts from Breitling´s current Navitimer 01 collection
The current collection of the Breitling Navitimer 01 offers an impressive variety of possible combinations. Not only by different colors, but also variations in the material, a large price range is created.
In order to get the popular model comparatively cheap, here is worth a longer look at used and certified Navitimer 01 models - at Watchmaster every single watch is checked for authenticity and subsequently certified accordingly.
- The Breitling Navitimer 01 (ref. UB012721.BE18.757P.A20D.1) with its generous dial of 46 mm diameter emphasizes the presence on the wrist. The red gold bezel harmonizes very well with the black dial, the grippy bezel completes the design. It has quiet proud new price of 10.410, - €. However, you can also save 2.430, - € and buy the model from 2017 for only 7.980, - €.
- Cheaper is the Breitling Navitimer 01 (Ref. AB0127211B1P1) with a stainless steel case and black dial. Also this model has a diameter of 46 mm and costs now 7.640, - €.
- The Breitling Navitimer 01 (Ref. AB0121211G1A1) is a little smaller. At 43 mm in diameter, it is considered a constant favorite of aviation enthusiasts, a silver dial and black chronograph totalizers and a red second hand combine uncontested skill with original design. It´s new price is 8.190, - €.
- The Breitling Navitimer 01 (ref. AB012012.BB01.740P.A20D.1) from 2017, available in "very good" condition, has a classic design, with a black dial and a brown crocodile leather strap. For € 5,430, the 43 mm timepiece could already be yours.
- The Breitling Navitimer 01 (ref. AB012012.BB01.436X.A20D.1) with black calfskin strap and black dial from 2015 is used, but in very good condition and fully refurbished for just 5.000, - € for sale.
- A Breitling Navitimer 01 (ref. AB0121C4.C920) from 2017 with aurora blue dial and blue crocodile leather strap is currently available for an unbeatable 6,700, - €. This eye-catcher comes with original papers and box in very good condition!
The quickest way to your favorite piece
Watchmaster offers a whole range of used, certified luxury watches, including, of course, several used Breitling Navitimer 01. They are always present at Watchmaster's online shop. You have made a decision? Congratulations! Ensuring fast and easy payment is one of our most pressing concerns. So to buy your Navitimer 01, all common payment methods such as credit card, classic bank transfer or PayPal are available. Alternatively, you can finance your new Breitling. Just follow the step-by-step process and set the duration of the installments or the amount of the down payment individually.
Other interesting Breitling models
- As a starter model in the world of Breitling the Breitling Colt Quartz comes into play. The series convinces with its masculine look and striking design, originally developed for military purposes.
- The Breitling Chronomat gives the company the pilot's watch that started it all. The design was hardly changed, the recognition value thus maintained and strengthened the status as an icon over the years.
- The Breitling Superocean is a diver's watch in the classic sense. Its waterproofness of up to 1,000 meters captivates you, with its unidirectional rotating bezel, it not only convinces underwater as a perfect companion.
- For professional use in demanding areas, the Breitling Avenger series is intended. It is particularly robust, functionality is in the focus. In 2013, the new generation with Avenger II Seawolf and Avenger II GMT were presented.