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October 8, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Breitling and Aviation History Combine to Create Navitimer Blue Sky

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Wilton, Connecticut—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Navitimer chronograph, a cult model among pilots and aviation enthusiasts, Breitling is introducing a 500-piece limited edition watch with an elegant dial in an exclusive shade of blue, aptly named the Navitimer Blue Sky.

In 1952, Breitling – already a firm fixture among aeronautical professionals – decided to create a new “wrist instrument” specifically designed with aviators in mind. The result was the Navitimer with its famous circular slide rule providing simple and fast handling of all calculations relating to airborne navigation: an authentic wrist-worn instrument panel. In an era preceding the advent of electronic calculators, this model was unique in its kind and soon adopted by many pilots for flight preparation and monitoring – whether it came to calculating average speed, distance covered, fuel consumption or rates of ascent and descent.

The only authentic aviation chronograph in widespread use, it was naturally chosen as the official watch by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the largest of its kind in the world and of which the logo often appears on models from the 1950s and 1960s. The Navitimer features a functional design and a highly original technical, yet elegant look that is recognizable at first glance. It established itself as one of the ten great 20th century watchmaking classics, a timeless benchmark in its field and a reliable value. Continuously made since 1952, while remaining loyal to the aesthetic of the original, it is the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production.

To celebrate the Navitimer’s 60 years in flight, the favorite watch among aviation enthusiasts is now available in a 500-piece steel limited edition with a magnificent blue dial, a silver inner bezel and a red central chronograph seconds hand. A transparent caseback offers a chance to admire Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, the best self-winding chronograph movement. The series number is engraved on the case middle at 9 o’clock, and the color match is reinforced by an exclusive dark blue crocodile leather strap. The Navitimer Blue Sky 60th anniversary Limited Edition is also available on the Navitimer bracelet – or the highly original perforated Air Racer bracelet.

Strap a piece of aviation history to your wrist today.

www.breitling.com

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