The new Breitling Navitimer Collection features 13 new dials | Source: GQ

Revamping an Icon: Breitling Reveals Navitimer Collection

Seventy years since the inception of the famous Breitling Navitimer, the Grenchen-based watchmaker has reinvigorated the iconic collection.

And Breitling hasn’t just revealed a single new rendition, at Watches & Wonders 2022, the luxury watchmaker unveiled a whole new collection of watches – an entire range of Navitimers in three sizes, two case materials and 13 different dials.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Navigation Timer or “Navtimer,” was brought to life by founder Willy Breitling in the early ’50s becoming one of the luxury watchmaker’s most lauded designs.

Boasting a chronograph function and a rotating slide rule around the bezel that made air calculations simpler, the trusty timepiece was the favoured flying tool of civilian, professional and military pilots. Breitling even teamed up with the ‘Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’ to create a branded design adorning the watch with its winged crest logo.

There’s no doubt the new 2022 iterations are instantly recognisable as Navitimer family members but with a younger, contemporary feel. Key design details remain faithful to the historic piece, while new elements bring the collection into the modern era.

This redesign, with its focus on colour, styling, and inclusive appeal, marks a new phase in the Navitimer’s journey, one that blends Breitling’s modern aesthetics and values with its historic watchmaking savoir faire to create an updated identity for the iconic watch that started it all.

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Sticking to the famous script, you’ll still find the familiar circular slide rule, baton indexes, a trio of chronograph counters, and a notched bezel. 

The most notable update is a new movement inside, a Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 with a healthy 70-hour power reserve. There’s also a new date function at the 6 o’clock position and the new collection features a slew of fresh dial colours, likely a nod to the collector market.

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The original Navitimer was crafted with a 40mm case. The new collection caters to a wider audience spread across cases in 46mm, 43mm, and 41mm – all stainless steel with the exception of an 18k rose gold in each size.

Under the domed sapphire glass, a myriad of new dial colours includes blue, silver, mint green, black, copper, ice blue, emerald green, and black panda dial. Featuring black or white subdials with bright red chronograph hands, there’s no denying these are handsome, attention-grabbing watches.

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All the references feature a new movement inside, Breitling’s COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. An automatic version of the movement that was used in the 2019 Breitling Navitimer Re-Edition, it runs at 28,800vph with a power reserve of up to 70 hours.

The watches all sit on an alligator leather strap although there’s the option to pair a bracelet with matching case material instead.

A wonderful revamp of the iconic Breitling Navitimer, this new collection retains historical design elements while adding convenient modern flourishes – perfect for both purists and a revived target audience.

The new range is priced between A$12,090 and A$52,000 depending on the specifications.

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