Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
This Aviation pilots watch looks pretty familiar, right? No, this is not a lame Breitling Navitimer homage, so let us tell you about this great watch and why it is an interesting piece of horological history.
Breitling was founded in 1892, and while still around today, the company is no longer in the hands of the Breitling family. The late 1970s was a turbulent time for the Swiss watch industry, and many storied houses were swept away by the Quartz Crisis. By 1978, Breitling was in trouble due to the illness of its leader, Willy Breitling, and the steep decline in sales that had befallen the entire industry. Unable to keep operations going, the Breitling company was liquidated, and parts, toolings and naming rights were sold off. The Ollech & Wajs company, founded in the 1950s, was one of several groups who bought some of the Breitling properties, and they began producing Navitimers under the Aviation brand name soon afterward.
The Aviation Navitimers are nearly identical to their Breitling counterparts, and present a tremendous value proposition compared with a Breitling-branded watch. The archetypical pilots watch, Navitimers are one true icons of the genre. The slide rule bezel is the watch’s most recognized design feature, and it is what endeared the Navitimer to pilots in the analog era. The Navitimer is a time-speed-distance flight computer, and by starting the chronograph on takeoff and stopping it on landing, the pilot is able to calculate his average flight speed via the bezel. Before GPS, this was an essential tool for navigation.
This particular piece is a wonderful example of an Aviation chronograph, with the classic Navitimer dial, in completely new old stock condition. The Navitimer was a large watch for it’s day, but perfectly sized to modern tastes. The dial is certainly has a lot going on, but that is what distinguishes the Navitimer from every other sports watch and lets someone in the know spot one from a mile away.
We’re more than a little nostalgic for the days when these watches were such important tools for professionals, but now it’s our job as enthusiasts to be caretakers of watches from those good old days, and to share the stories of these fine mechanical instruments with you.
Strap this watch to your wrist, put on your bomber jacket, buckle in, start her up and take off. Repeat after me: “Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby”.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.