Breitling Navitimer Ref.806 1959 Re-Edition Brings Legend Back

I guess this year can be named as year of long names, here is another one – Breitling Navitimer Ref.806 1959 Re-Edition. Yes, today we will talk about new model from famous Swiss watchmaker. Well, it is not new or it is re-released… Anyway, here we have a perfect chance to get a copy of original Navitimer. In other words the watch which was created for pilot calculations, way before it became the status symbol. We checked this version on recent Baselworld exhibition and ready to share our impressions with you.
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It might sound a bit strange, but Breitling designers decided to take into attention every small detail of the original model. First of all we have black dial color and white external subdial rim. It is the same style as on the old 1959 watch. Moreover, logo is written with capital logos and if you look carefully it should be easy to notice winged logo (which doesn’t appear on modern Breitling models). This logo was used for European market, while US models had different sign. In person this dial is beautiful and easy to read. Well, let’s not forget that it had to be used as a calculation tool hence clean layout on the dial.

Next comes rotating bezel. Watchmaker claims that there are precisely 94 beads, like on the original model. I will say it straight – I didn’t count those, so let’s just believe Breitling. 🙂 This number is noted separately because it varied during various production stages. Hardcore fans can stay calm – here everything copied in right amount. Should I mention that case shape also measures 40.9 mm like on the first Navitimer?

Circular slide rule is also present here. Whole composition comes covered with domed acryllic glass. Rear case cover is metal and doesn’t have any clear sections, just like original watch. Movement is also hand-wound what should add vintage feeling to the new watch. Breitling developed new calibre for this occasion – Breitling Manufacture Calibre 09. Add here simple black leather strap and you will get “clean” classic design.

Modern Additions

Nevertheless, there are several new things added to Breitling Navitimer Ref.806 1959 Re-Edition. First is a water resistance, which was increased to 30 meters. Such improvement should be useful for everyday use. At least you won’t be afraid of splashes on your precious timepiece. Second thing is a SuperLuminova with authentic color and hand application. This feature is handy for easier reading in dark environment.

The only question I have is why here Swiss brand decided to use acryllic glass. Yes, original watch had this part on the top, but now we have sapphire glass available today. I wonder how long acryllic glass will survive during everyday use… Add here polished case, and you will have to be really careful with new watch.

Breitling Navitimer Ref.806 1959 Re-Edition – Availability

New-Old Navitimer will be released in limited amount. Swiss watchmaker plans to produce 1959 (surprise!) watches, each with number engraved on back. In my opinion this might be an interesting option for those who would like to get vintage watch on their wrist but don’t want used piece. Well, now is a perfect time to buy re-edition which will arrive to you completely new. Just be sure to treat this watch with due care. 😉

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