Breitling's masterpiece revived: the old Navitimer

Breitling had a huge success with the Chronomat, one of the first watches with a circular slide rule, and then decided to release the Navitimer in 1952.

The Chronomat was targeted at the engineer and business market, and at the time the only function for performing calculations was a simple rotary slide rule.

The Navitimer combined three basic tools for navigation: a watch, a chronograph, and a circular slide rule. It was called Navitimer, short for Navigation Timer.

Ernest Schneider, who took over Breitling in 1979, purchased the Navitimer trademark. In 1986, the Navitimer was reborn as the Old Navitimer (product number 81600).

Inspired by the design of the original Navitimer (product number 806), it has been revived with a mechanical movement.

It is powered by a hand-wound Lemania 1872 and features a classic "tri-compax" dial.

Starting with this model, the logo with a wing next to the letter B was used on the dial.
Breitling First Generation Old Navitimer
Breitling First Old Navitimer Movement Lemania 1872

In 1987, this model was released as the automatic Old Timer (product number 81610) with the famous Valjoux 7750 and subdials at 12, 6, and 9 o'clock.
Breitling Old Navitimer Valjoux 7750

Valjoux 7750 installed in the old Navitimer

In 1993, the cutting edge technology of the Old Navitimer II was released, equipped with the Valjoux 7750.

Old Navitimer 1993

This model is waterproof, has a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, and is the first Navitimer to feature a small "B" central seconds hand.

It is available in a variety of dial colors: white, blue, and traditional black.