If there is an iconic Breitling watch this is your Navitimer model.
True to his initial motto of making instruments for professionals, Breitling put all his effort into creating a wristwatch that met all the necessary requirements to be the ideal companion of aircraft pilots, so in the 40s he equipped with a simple rule of calculation to its Chronomat model, which was the precursor of the complete and functional rule of calculation of the Breitling Navitimer watch (composed of the terms "navigation") and "timer" () "presented in 1952. Since then the Breitling Navitimer has been the choice of countless pilots, airlines and aeronautical manufacturers, from the AOPA (Association of Aircraft Pilots and Owners) to the Royal Air Force, the Tricolor Patrol, the Spanish Army or the Eagle Patrol . It was also the watch chosen by personalities of the time such as Milles Davis or Formula 1 drivers Jim Clark and Graham Hill.
In 1962, the Breitlig Navitimer saw the birth of a brother: The Breitling Cosmonaute. The version of the original Breitling classic was designed by astronaut Scott Carpenter for his mission aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft on May 24, 1962, with a 24-hour dial, since the space does not distinguish between the day and the night. The Breitling Navitimer has reached the almost unchanging 21st century in its physiognomy, being currently one of the most emblematic men's watches in Swiss watchmaking. The current Navitimer collection has its maximum reflection in the Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46 of ref. AB0121211, but it has a wide variety of models, which include since 2018 the Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic in 38 and 41 mm. of 3 needles and in which in 2019 the Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition have joined.