Rare early reference
About this watch
In 1952, Breitling designed for the influential US AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) a revolutionary watch combining a chronograph and an E6B type flight computer 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 features were made possible by a logarithmic slide rule integrated into a rotating bezel. The Navitimer was born, with 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 the inscriptions, some without the name BREITLING, but all had the applied gilt AOPA wings. In 1963, readability was improved with contrasting silver counters and the replacement of Arabic numerals by indexes (only the 12 was retained). The beaded bezel was replaced about a year later with a milled edge bezel. Around 1965, Breitling introduced its “Twin Jet” logo. At the end of the 1960s, the diameter of the counters was increased and this version was nicknamed “Big Eyes”.
The present model, reference 806, is an all-black Navitimer. The first Execution (Mark 1) was fitted with a Valjoux 72, this one is a second execution (Mark 2) with a Venus 806 caliber. Its dial is characterized by “B Breitling Geneve”, meaning that it was sold for the public, not for AOPA members. The beaded bezel is made up of 92 “large” beads, so its full classification is Mark 2.2.
#940.xxx was produced in June 1961. Overall in very good condition, with parts conforming with the original. The Watch Score, reflecting its condition and conformity is 8. It receives an Extra Score of + 0.5 for its overall aesthetic consistency.
Our WATCHFID Rating is 8.5.
This watch is provided with an exclusive 32-page book: the WATCHFID Condition Report.