Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Released in 1954, the Breitling Navitimer has been in production longer than any other sporting chronograph. Complex yet elegant, you're bound to get lost in the dial…
…which is probably not a good thing if you're a pilot using it to navigate while flying, but we digress. Over the decades, the Navitimer has seen countless variations that offer a wide range of design features, materials, complications and casing materials.
This particular Navitimer, a Navitimer 8 Chronograph, eschews the complex dial of the 1950s original with its myriad timing scales for a clean, highly legible, 'reverse-panda' triple register chronograph layout. Housed in a 43mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, and a bi-directional steel bezel, it features a luminous glossy black dial with printed ‘Arabic’ indices, a matching handset, and a date window at 4:30.
Power by a workhorse automatic winding chronograph movement — it comes paired to a stainless steel slant-link bracelet with a signed fliplock clasp and includes some factory goodies.
Representing one of the first releases from the George Kern-led Breitling era, it’s an important model in Navitimer history, and a fantastic everyday watch from a beloved marque.
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.
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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.
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Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph