BREITLING COMMEMORATES THE GOLDEN ERA OF COMMERCIAL AVIATION

Text: Andrej Tus
Photo: Breitling

Breitling played an important role in the golden era of aviation, helping crews track the full range of calculations related to navigation. The brand has now created a capsule collection of Navitimer 1 Airline Editions that commemorate the most emblematic airlines of that time.

Breitling’s first capsule collection captures the spirit of a memorable time for commercial flight and revives the cool and evocative style of the 1960s and 1970s. The Navitimer 1 Airline Editions pay an affectionate tribute to the pioneers of civil aviation and celebrate some of the most emblematic airlines of the era. The collection was launched with the Swissair Edition, which was followed by the Pan Am Edition, and the collection is now complete with the addition of the newly released TWA Edition.
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1950’s Breitling advertisement, for the plane, for the pilot, featuring the iconic Navitimer.

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph Airline Edition watches are powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. The in-house mechanical chronograph movement has been acclaimed as one of the world’s finest and delivers both remarkable precision and a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. All models feature a bidirectional rotating bezel fitted with the famous circular slide rule, which serves to perform the entire range of calculations relating to airborne navigation. Their distinctive straight hands give the watches a dynamic, contemporary interpretation of a classic look. This first Breitling capsule collection will be available from April 2019 at Breitling boutiques and official retailers for a limited period of time.

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Swissair Edition

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Swissair Edition features a transparent sapphire caseback with a printed Swissair logo. Its 43-millimeter stainless-steel case is presented with a black dial, silver subdials, and a vintage-inspired black leather strap or a stainless-steel mesh bracelet. The chronograph celebrates the former national airline of Breitling’s home country, and will soon be joined by other fine watches honoring iconic carriers whose names are also synonymous with the golden age of commercial flight.

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am Edition


The officially licensed Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am Edition is distinguished by one of the most recognizable logos in the history of aviation printed on its transparent sapphire caseback. For decades, Pan American World Airways was a dominant force in commercial aviation and, long after the airline ceased operations, it is still closely linked with the excitement of air travel. The Pan Am Edition has a stainless-steel case with a blue dial, silver subdials, and a vintage-inspired brown leather strap, a Breitling Air Racer bracelet, or a stainless-steel mesh bracelet. The Pan Am Edition is the second member of Breitling’s capsule collection, joining Swissair

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 TWA Edition


The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 TWA Edition has a transparent sapphire caseback with the TWA logo printed on it. Trans World Airlines, which was based in the United States, was a familiar sight at the world’s major airports throughout most of the twentieth century. This stainless-steel watch has a silver dial, anthracite subdials, and a vintage-inspired brown leather strap or a stainless-steel mesh bracelet. And, like the other editions in the capsule collection, which honor Swissair and Pan Am, it commemorates one of the airlines that played such an important role in the emergence of commercial flight in the twentieth century and which were largely responsible for introducing passenger aviation as we know it today.

 

NAVITIMER 1 B01 CHRONOGRAPH Airline Editions

NAVITIMER 1 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 43 SWISSAIR EDITION
Reference: AB01211B1B1A1 or AB01211B1B1X1

NAVITIMER 1 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 43 PAN AM EDITION
Reference: AB01212B1C1A1, AB01212B1C1A2, or AB01212B1C1X1

NAVITIMER 1 B01 CHRONOGRAPH 43 TWA EDITION
Reference: AB01219A1G1A1 or AB01219A1G1X1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 Diameter: 30 millimeters Depth: 7.2 millimeters Winder: automatic with dual-acting ball-bearing rotor Power reserve: approximately 70 hours Number of components: 346 Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz Chronograph: ratchet wheel control, vertical coupling, 30-minute and 12-hour counters Display: hour, minute, second, window date Certification: COSC-certified
CASE
Material: stainless steel Diameter: 43 millimeters Height: 14.25 millimeters Water resistance: up to 3 bar (30 meters) Glass: sapphire, convex, double anti-reflective Caseback: screwed, sapphire glass Crown: non-screw-locked Bezel: bidirectional with circular slide rule
DIAL/HANDS
Black Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour markers and hour and minute hands

STRAP
Black leather strap with pin buckle or stainless-steel mesh bracelet with folding clasp