Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dream Watches - The Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 mm)

As a watch collector, my eyes are always drawn to billboards and posters advertising watches.  Sometimes the watches are well out of my price range.  But, they are always fun to dream about.  A recent stroll through Atlanta's Hartsfeld-Jackson International airport recently brought me eye to eye with this poster for the Breitling Navitimer 46.  It proclaimed that "An icon just got larger."

A Breitling Ad at the airport called ATL
I was intrigued as the Breitling wings always catch my eye.  As soon as I was waiting for my flight, I looked up the Breitling Navitimer on  There it was a dream watch:  the Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 mm).  It's a new version of the Breitling Navitimer with a 46 millimeter case diameter.  It has a stainless steel case and what I can only imagine is a supple black calf leather strap.  Of course, this dream watch is an automatic and it has three sub-dials.  It has a minimum of 70 hours power reserve.  It grew out of the 43 millimeter Navitimer 01 shown below:

All I knew was that Breitling makes watches for pilots.  I've read a few reviews in high end watch magazines in the past.  But, when I reached my destination, I read even more while waiting for my bags and ground transportation.

From the company website, I quickly learned that Breitling has been a leader in technical watches since 1884.  Each of their movements is chronometer certified.  Plus Breitling is one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch makers.  Thus each of their movements is "their movement" and today that is truly special.  I found the Navitimer 01 on the website and learned that there are even options for the watch in red gold.  I wasn't surprised.  Nothing proclaims success and competence better than a Breitling.

Of course, I had work to do and such a fine watch is still outside my comfortable price range.  But, if it's within your price range, this dream watch would be a wonderful addition to your collection.  It would also make the perfect Christmas gift.  You should get this one right here --

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