Breitling Navitimer 8 Collection – Navitimer 8 B01, Navitimer 8 Unitime, Navitimer 8 Chronograph, Navitimer 8 Day & Date and Navitimer 8 Automatic

Breitling, the Swiss watch manufacture specialized in aviation timing instruments, pilot watches and chronographs, is presenting a brand new pilot’s watch collection in 2018. Christened Navitimer 8 this new watch line pays tribute to the rich aviation history of the brand.  The 8 in its name is a nod to the Huit Aviation Department, which was set up in 1938 to produce cockpit instruments as well as classic pilot’s watches for civilian and military use. At the time, Willy Breitling chose the name “Huit,” the French word for “eight,” as a reference to the eight-day power reserve offered by its storied cockpit instruments.

This year, Navitimer 8 family is launching five distinct models drawing heavily on Breitling’s design DNA and the technical features of the first board clocks and pilot’s wristwatches as well as on the Huit Aviation Department’s commitment to quality.

It is also worth noting that Huit Aviation had distinguished itself by putting its products through a series of rigorous challenges. It subjected each instrument to extreme temperatures and vibrations before checking its timekeeping precision with oscilloscopes. The Department’s commitment to quality was rewarded as it immediately attracted the attention of military aviators and, ahead of World War II, received a large order for chronographs from the Royal Air Force.

Each of the five new models in the collection expresses a design code – conceived down to the minutest detail – with a high recognition value. Guy Bove, Creative Director at Breitling who fully immersed himself in the design of the board clocks and wristwatches created by the Huit Aviation Department.

The new watches resurrect some of the design values of the Huit Aviation Department’s onboard clocks – especially in terms of the dials and bezels – as well as Breitling’s iconic pilot’s watch, Reference 768, with the rotating bezel and distinctive triangular pointer that made it a favorite among pilots. Just as important were the luminous hands against black dials, a combination that offered easy readability in any lighting conditions, and which also contributed to Breitling’s aviation heritage. The Navitimer 8 watches recall the uncompromising flair of that earlier era. It starts with the eye-catching case with the typical notches on the bezel, its contrasting satin and polished surfaces and its artfully shaped lugs.

For the typography of the large luminescent Arabic numerals on the dial of each new Navitimer 8 model, Guy Bove took inspiration from the style used on the first pilot’s watch models including the Reference 768.

The small triangles and the long minute markers in the so-called railway minute tracks also recall those from some of Breitling’s great early wristwatch models, as do the luminescent skeletonized hour and minute hands, the latter’s length being matched precisely to the dial’s indexing. The beveled hands add a degree of sophistication and shine to the dial.

Each Navitimer 8 watch is water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters). Their dials are all visible through sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The chronographs in the family offer power reserves ranging from 40 to more than 70 hours, depending on the model and movement.

The rotating bezel, which features a handy glass rim with a practical pointer, was an indispensable element of the early aviator wristwatches, both with and without chronograph. A similar bidirectional rotating bezel also distinguishes the new wristwatches. The wearer can easily measure short time intervals by positioning the pointer at the appropriate distance before or after the hands. The glass rim has a total of 60 small recessed grips: one for every minute.

The light reflected by the slanted bezel gives the watch a sporty appearance and emphasizes the subtle design. As a classic pilot’s watch and navigational instrument, the Navitimer 8 is a proud member of Breitling’s most famous family of wristwatches. For these models, the brand focused on optimal readability and functionality, taking inspiration from the onboard clocks and some of its great chronographs from the 1930s and 1940s.

Navitimer 8 B01
The Navitimer 8 B01 is powered by the in-house Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. The self-winding, 43-millimeter watch has a ratchet-wheel chronograph with vertical coupling and a power reserve of more than 70 hours.

The display features 30-minute and12-hour counters and a date window. The highlight of this new range, the Navitimer 8 B01, is available in stainless steel with a black or blue dial, or in 18 k red gold with a bronze dial, each with the distinctive design elements of contrasting subdials.

It is presented on a stainless steel bracelet or an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle. The COSC-certified chronometer has a transparent sapphire case back.

Technical details
Reference: AB011713 in stainless steel and RB011713 in 18 k red gold

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01
Diameter: 30 millimeters
Depth: 7.2 millimeters
Winder: automatic with dual-acting ball-bearing rotor
Power reserve: at least 70 hours
Number of components: 346
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: ratchet wheel control, vertical coupling, 30-minute and
12-hour counter
Display: hour, minute, second, window date
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel or 18 k red gold
Diameter: 43 millimeters
Height: 13.97 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Case back: screwed steel, sapphire glass
Crown: screw-locked
Bezel: with pointer, bidirectional

Dial
Stainless steel models: Black or blue with contrasting fields for permanent
seconds and totalizers
Gold model: Bronze-colored

Strap
Stainless steel models: Leather strap with pin buckle or stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
Gold model: Brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle

Navitimer 8 Unitime
The Navitimer 8 Unitime automatic wristwatch offers world-time indication through an ingenious independent hour hand that can be adjusted with the crown. At the heart of the COSC-certified chronometer is the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B35, a self-winding movement, which, with its bidirectional ball-bearing rotor and two spring barrels, delivers a power reserve of more than 70 hours.

The stunning dial is available in black or silver. The Navitimer 8 Unitime has a transparent sapphire case back. The 43-millimeter stainless-steel case with a rotating bezel comes with an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.

Technical details
Reference: AB352113

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B35
Diameter: 36.6 millimeters
Depth: 7.8 millimeters
Winder: automatic with dual-acting ball-bearing rotor
Power reserve: at least 70 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second, window date, world time, independently adjustable hour hand in both directions
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 43 millimeters
Depth: 14.38 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Case back: screwed transparent case back, sapphire glass
Crown: screw-locked
Bezel: with pointer, bidirectional

Dial
Black or silver

Strap
Alligator leather strap with pin buckle

Navitimer 8 Chronograph
The Navitimer 8 Chronograph offers 30-minute and 12- hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively, along with a small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. It is accurate to a quarter of a second. The COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 13 chronometer movement is at the heart of this watch.

It is wound automatically with the use of a unilateral ball-bearing rotor, delivering an autonomous running time of more than 42 hours.

The 43-millimeter case is available in stainless steel with a leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet, or in DLC-coated steel paired with a leather strap with a pin buckle. The Navitimer 8 Chronograph has a solid, screwed case back.

Technical details
Reference: A1331410 in stainless steel and M1331410 with DLC-coated stainless steel

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 13
Diameter: 30 millimeters
Depth: 7.9 millimeters
Winder: automatic with unilaterally acting ball-bearing rotor
Power reserve: at least 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: mechanism control, oscillatory mechanism coupling,
30-minute and 12-hour counter
Display: hour, minute, second, day of the week, and date
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel or DLC-coated stainless steel
Diameter: 43 millimeters
Depth: 14.17 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Case back: solid, screwed
Crown: screw-locked
Bezel: with pointer, bidirectional

Dial
Black or blue
Super-LumiNova® luminescent numerals and luminescent hour and minute hands

Strap
Leather with pin buckle or stainless steel bracelet

Navitimer 8 Day & Date
The Navitimer 8 Day & Date prominently displays the day of the week and the date along with the time. The day of the week is indicated at the 12 o’clock position while the date is ideally placed at 6 o’clock. The automatic wristwatch is powered by the Breitling Caliber 45, whose bidirectional rotor winding offers over 40 hours of power reserve.

The dial, in black or blue, is revealed through a double anti-reflective sapphire glass. The 41-millimeter stainless-steel case has a solid screwed back. It comes with a leather strap with a pin buckle.

Technical details
Reference: A4533010

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 45
Diameter: 29 millimeters
Depth: 5.05 millimeters
Winder: automatic with dual-acting ball-bearing rotor
Power reserve: at least 40 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second, date, day of the week
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 41 millimeters
Depth: 11.19 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Case back: solid, screwed
Crown: screw-locked
Bezel: with pointer, bidirectional

Dial
Black or blue
Super-LumiNova® luminescent numerals and hands

Strap
Leather strap with pin buckle

Navitimer 8 Automatic
The Navitimer 8 Automatic makes a style statement. It is clearly a direct descendent of Breitling’s legendary watches from the 1930s and 1940s. Inside the stainless-steel case with its rotating bezel and pointer is the Breitling Caliber 17, which, with its bidirectional rotor winder, delivers more than 40 hours of power reserve.

The eye-catching dial is available in black or blue. The 41-millimeter COSC-certified chronometer has a solid screwed case back and is offered with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a leather strap with a pin buckle.

Technical details
Reference: A1731410 in stainless steel and M1731410 with DLC-coated stainless steel

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimeters
Depth: 4.6 millimeters
Winder: automatic with dual-acting ball-bearing rotor
Power reserve: at least 40 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second, date
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel or DLC-coated stainless steel
Diameter: 41 millimeters
Height: 10.74 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 10 bar (100 meters)
Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective
Case back: solid, screwed
Crown: screw-locked
Bezel: with pointer, bidirectional

Dial
Black or blue
Super-LumiNova® luminescent numerals and hands

Strap
Leather with pin buckle or stainless steel bracelet (uncoated version only)

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