It’s hard to find a watch enthusiast who wasn’t taken with this Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition watch replica, a limited edition that is as faithful to the original as can be. The now-iconic Breitling Navitimer was introduced back in 1952, with the Ref. 806 coming shortly thereafter in 1959. Aesthetically identical, this re-edition also comes in a 41mm-wide steel case with the non-AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) winged logo on the dial. The insides are modernized, with the in-house Breitling B09 movement powering the re-edition.
Housed in a 41mm-wide and 12.86mm-thick steel case, the Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-edition replica faithfully sticks to some things that other brands may have been tempted to “upgrade” and, as a result, ruin the product they had in mind. Fortunately, Breitling kept its eye on the ball and retained the snapped-in steel caseback rather than fall into the temptation of an exhibition caseback. Interestingly, they also chose to use an old-school domed plexiglass crystal rather than sapphire (used on basically all modern-luxury watches).
Three Chronograph Sub-dials
With three chronograph sub-dials, slide-rule fixed-scale dial rings, and, of course, the slide-rule mobile scale operated by the bi-directional bezel, all make for a dial that is endearingly dense with information. A lot of people use the hackneyed term “busy” in a negative way when vaguely criticizing dials for not adhering to austere minimalism, but I think a watch that utilizes a design economy to legibly convey as much information as the Navitimer does merit praise for its design.
Just like the original, there are 94 of those beads dotting the circumference of the bezel in the re-edition. Throughout the long history of the Breitling Navitimer, these beads have become an aesthetic staple of the watch, though the number of beads varies from 94 to something like 125. Obviously, these beads were added so as to help pilots get a solid grip on the bezel.
Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09
The old Navitimer Ref. 806 watches used a manual-wind Venus 178 chronograph movement which was replaced by the Valjoux 7740 around 1969, I believe. This Breitling Navitimer Black Dial re-edition replica is outfitted with an all-new in-house manual-wind movement referred to as the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, which is based on the automatic Caliber B01. Operating at 28,800 vph, the B09 has a great 70-hour power reserve. I’m excited to see the future re-editions Breitling is going to outfit with this manual-wind caliber.
In my opinion, this Breitling Navitimer re-edition replica is an example of how a brand can walk the tightrope of doing an aesthetically faithful re-edition that also still captures the essence of the old movement while giving it modern upgrades. You can learn more at replicawatchreport.co. We are selling almost all model AAA grade 1:1 cloned Breitling Navitimer re-edition replica, and the price is so affordable.
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