TAKE THE TIME
In 1959, Breitling’s Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 chronograph was every pilot’s dream. Today, exactly 60 years after the Swiss watchmaker first launched the celebrated timepiece, it is back on the market, replicated down to the finest detail using the original design. One thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine pieces have been recreated, all individually numbered and engraved on the caseback in homage to the original version’s birth year. The only other differences? The water resistance has been increased to 30 meters and the radioactive radium used to illuminate the dial has been replaced by a healthy alternative called ‘Super-LumiNova’. With its all-black dial, tone-on-tone subdial, and the circular slide rule feature that pilots were so fond of, the chronograph is a historic conversation piece – have a nice flight!
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