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Twin Jets logo
In addition to the steel version, which accounts for the vast majority of production, Breitling produced Navitimers in gold plated and solid gold. They have specific golden hands and the dial prints are also in the same color. The present model, reference 806, is gold plated. This is a classic version with a simple dial and bezel insert (no red markings).
#1.089.xxx was produced in 1966. It is in good condition over all, with parts conforming to the original.
The gold plating of the case is in fair condition, but shows some oxidation, which is common with these models.
About the model
In 1952, Breitling designed for the influential US AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) a revolutionary watch combining a chronograph and a flight computer of type E6B that would allow its members to perform all kinds of calculations necessary in flight: average speed, fuel consumption, distance, conversion kilometers in miles.
These challenging requirements were made possible by a logarithmic slide rule integrated into a rotating bezel. The Navitimer was born, with presumably the first examples produced in 1954.
The very first Navitimers were fitted with a Valjoux 72 calibre, quickly replaced by the Venus 178 (reference 806). The dials were completely black and there were several variations of inscriptions, some without the name BREITLING, but all had the applied gold AOPA wings. In 1963, readability was improved with contrasting silver subdials and the replacement of Arabic numerals by indexes (only the 12 was kept). The beaded bezel was replaced about a year later with a milled edge bezel. Around 1965, Breitling introduced its “Twin Jets” logo.