In addition to a slide rule and chronograph, the Breitling Navitimer 1884 features a calendar function and 24-hour display, making it one of the collection's most functional watches. Collectors should find this limited edition especially interesting.
- Special limited edition with a run of 1,884 pieces
- Pointer date, day display, and month display
- 24-hour display
- Chronograph functionality
- Slide rule bezel for making mathematical calculations
Numerous Functions for Pilots and Watch Fans
The Breitling Navitimer 1884 is multitalented. Thanks to its calendar displays, it even surpasses the extremely functional standard Navitimer models. In addition to this collection's characteristic chronograph function and slide rule bezel, which can be used to make conversions and mathematical calculations, the Navitimer 1884 also has a pointer date and day and month displays. Many watch fans refer to this combination as "Datora". What's more, this timepiece also features a 24-hour display located on a subdial at 9 o'clock.
The number in the name of the Breitling Navitimer 1884 refers to the year the manufacturer was founded. At the same time, it also stands for how many examples there are of this timepiece. There are a number of other special limited editions in the Navitimer collection, including the Navitimer 1461 with a semi-perpetual calendar and moon phase display, the Navitimer AOPA, and the Navitimer Blue Sky. The AOPA and Blue Sky are limited to a run of 500 pieces each, which has made them highly-coveted collector's items. AOPA is an abbreviation of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
The Breitling Navitimer 1884 is strictly limited to a run of 1,884 pieces, which can make the watch difficult to find. Plan to spend around 7,900 USD for one of these chronographs in mint condition. Depending on its condition, a pre-owned piece may cost about 1,200 USD less.
If you would like to enjoy the advantages of a semi-perpetual calendar, you should take a closer look at the Navitimer 1461 . You only need to correct this chronograph's calendar every 4 years. Unlike a perpetual calendar, semi-perpetual calendars do not account for leap years. You can purchase a pre-owned Breitling Navitimer 1461 for as little as 7,300 USD. Never-worn examples are more expensive and can cost up to 12,100 USD.
Blue watches have been fashionable for a few years now. One example is the Breitling Navitimer Blue Sky , which was released in celebration of the Navitimer's 60th anniversary in 2012. Instead of a movement with a calendar function, this automatic watch is powered by the in-house caliber B01. This movement was first released in 2009. It includes a chronograph function and impressive, 70-hour power reserve, which translates to almost three days. If you're lucky, you may find this limited edition in mint condition for around 6,500 USD.
Design and Operation: Scales, Hands, and the Bezel
It only takes one glance to recognize the origins of the Breitling Navitimer 1884. The design of this retro tool watch draws heavily upon that of the early models from the 1950s. You can pair the 46-mm stainless steel case with one of three band materials: steel, rubber, or leather. One of the most striking features of this pilot's watch is its fluted, bidirectional bezel with a round slide rule. Unlike its sister models, the Navitimer 1884 doesn't display the date in a window, but rather uses a hand with a red, crescent-shaped tip. The date ring sits outside of the minute scale. Breitling surrounded the date ring with a tachymeter scale, which can be used to calculate average speeds.
The Navitimer 1884 features two subdials and a central stop seconds hand to measure periods of time accurate to within a fourth of a second. The 12-hour counter sits at 6 o'clock, while the 30-minute counter is located at 12. The latter also houses the displays for the month and day. The small seconds dial at 9 o'clock doubles as a 24-hour display. Finally, it's impossible to miss the brand logo and "BREITLING 1884 CHRONOMETRE NAVITIMER" inscription at 3 o'clock.
The caliber 21, based on the Valjoux 7751, is the beating heart of the Navitimer 1884 and has a 42-hour power reserve. When your watch runs out of power, you can even wind it by hand using the crown, which is also used to set the time, date, and month. You can set the day display using a small, blunt object to press the sunken pusher at 10 o'clock. Pushers at 2 and 4 o'clock serve to start, stop, and reset the chronograph mechanism.