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|Ref. No.||ref. 809|
|Price||4,450 € (= $4,862)|
|Movement/Caliber||cal. Venus 178|
|Case diameter||40 mm|
|Small Seconds, Rotating Bezel|
the first wrist chronograph to travel in space
steel case 40 mm.
turning bezel/slide rule
handwinding cal. Venus 178
small seconds at 9
black 24-hour dial with 3 silvered subdials
60-seconds counter from the center
30-minutes counter at 3
12-hours counter at 6
with rare original steel bracelet
one year guarantee
After the success of the Chronomat (worlds first slide-rule chronograph), Breitling released their second slide-rule chronograph, the Navitimer reference 806, somewhere between 1952 and 1954 (not clear because the Breitling records unfortunately aren’t complete anymore). The name is a contraction of the words ‘navigation’ and ‘timer’, also the first models had the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots) logo on the dial so the Navitimer was immediately associated with aircraft. They started a marketing campaign aimed at pilots (who were highly respected professionals) and they became official supplier of on-board instruments for all major aircraft companies. This very successful model hasn’t been taken out of production ever since but changed over time, and there are a lot of variations. The coolest is the one Scott Carpenter wore on May 24th 1962, when he orbited the Earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 capsule: The Cosmonaute 809. It is similar to the 806 (Navitimer) but has a 24-hour graduation – a vital necessity in distinguishing day from night. It thus became the first wrist chronograph to travel in space.
Pilots from all around the world are still using the Navitimer and Cosmonautes. Many Air Forces are even using it as regular equipment for their pilots. John Travolta, pilot and owner of 2 airplanes, is one of the wearers and an ambassador of the brand. But please don’t worry if you are not John Travolta or don’t own any planes, with this piece of history on your wrist and you are just as cool!
Besides the extremely good condition of the dial, it is rare to see these pieces still with their original bracelet. The watch dates back to 1967.