Breitling Navitimer 806 1959 Re-Edition

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REF AB0190
Automatic-winding
41 MM
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SKU AS06197
Article Number 40940028
ref AB0190
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Neo-Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 22 MM
Includes Includes black calf leather strap with signed steel pin buckle. Also includes outer box, signed watch tube, books, leather card holder, chronometer hangtag, chronometer papers, digital warranty card from Berger Joy, Mexico dated 9/9/2020, punched warranty papers, and service papers dated 2015.
material Calf
overall condition Case is in excellent condition overall showing signs of professional refinishing and light wear from gentle use. Luminous multi-tone black and silver dial is in excellent condition showing rich even patina to Tritium elements with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF AB0190
Automatic-winding
41 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06197
Article Number 40940028
ref AB0190
case size 41 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Neo-Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 22 MM
Includes Includes black calf leather strap with signed steel pin buckle. Also includes outer box, signed watch tube, books, leather card holder, chronometer hangtag, chronometer papers, digital warranty card from Berger Joy, Mexico dated 9/9/2020, punched warranty papers, and service papers dated 2015.
material Calf
overall condition Case is in excellent condition overall showing signs of professional refinishing and light wear from gentle use. Luminous multi-tone black and silver dial is in excellent condition showing rich even patina to Tritium elements with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

How many watches can you spot from a mile away? 

How many watches have come to define their genre? Not too many. Not too many at all. 

Before the early 1950s, the concept of a civilian tool watch was a novel idea. Watch companies produced a few purpose-designed pieces for military use in the early 20th century, but most watches that were sold at retailers were designed with purely fashion in mind. In the 1950s and 1960s, the tool watch market exploded, fueled by the popularity of SCUBA diving and the growing interest in aviation.  Breitling was one of the earliest manufactures to respond to the trend when they released the Navitimer in 1954.

We’ve been referring to the Navitimer as a watch, but that’s not quite right — it’s really a wrist-worn navigation computer. The Navitimer’s most distinctive feature, the slide rule bezel, was used by pilots to calculate airspeed, ascent and descent rates, flight time, distance traveled, fuel consumption and even imperial to metric unit conversions. The Navitimer truly is a mechanical computer, and also happens to be one of the best damn looking watches out there. How cool is that?

This particular Navitimer is a Reference 806 1959 Re-Edition. Meant to evoke an early model, it features a 41mm stainless steel case, a domed plexiglass crystal, a signed crown, a bi-directional slide rule bezel, and a gloss black Super-LumiNova dial with Arabic indices and matching syringe hands. Powered by the in-house Breitling Calibre B09, it comes paired to a black leather strap with a signed, stainless steel pin buckle. In like-new condition, it ships with all the fixings.

This is a tremendous opportunity to own a modern iteration of a classic reference.

Brand Story

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Breitling, one of the most illustrious names in the annals of the “tool watch,” was founded by Léon Breitling in 1892. And though the firm is no longer operated by its namesake family, it still produces some of the world’s best pilot’s watches, many of which now feature in-house movements.

The company first started manufacturing wrist chronographs as early as the 1930s. In 1936 they became an official supplier to military forces of the United Kingdom and Canada. While perhaps best known for the Navitimer and Chronomat lines — which were used heavily by pilots of many nations — Breitling also produced scores of other chronograph models that merit consideration, such as the more affordable Top Time and Premier. Dive watches, such as the Super Ocean, are also part of the company’s offerings.

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 cut through the entire industry. Unable to keep operations going, the company was liquidated, and parts, toolings and naming rights were sold off.
Between 1979 and 2017, Breitling continued under the ownership of the Schneider family. In 2017 an 80% stake in the firm was sold to a British private equity firm, with the remaining 20% sold in 2018. In 2019, the company released the caliber B01, an in-house, automatic chronograph movement that’s since found its way into the Chronomat and Navitimer collections, bringing the tale of this famed manufacturer full circle.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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