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pre 806 Navitimer

BREITLING Vintage NAVITIMER Pre-806 Chronograph Stainless Steel Radium Dial Valjoux-72 Bj-1954 Excellent

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Data

Referencepre806
CodeK16152
Condition Mint
Year of production1954
Property ofBachmann & Scher GmbH

Description

Case materialSteel
Case diameter39
GlasPlexi glass
DialBlack
Dial numbersArabic numerals
Bracelet materialLeather
Basic caliberValjoux 72
MovementManual winding

Features

Chronograph

Miscellaneous

Small Seconds, Luminescent Numerals, Luminescent Hands, Rotating Bezel, Only Original Parts

Our remarks

Bachmann & Scher is proud to offer you this excellent and extremely rare vintage Breitling Navitimer `pre-806` in stainless steel.

Manufactured in 1954 with the legendary Valjoux Cal.72 manual wind movement built in.

This is a grail watch.

Super rare collectors item from the very first generation of Navtimer, pre-806.

All original radium dial and hands.

Very early example of the iconic gentleman Pilots Chronograph with calculator bezel.

 

In the 1950s Breitling was keen to penetrate the US market. Having struck a deal with the AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association) the very first Navitimer was launched in 1954. The first models featured the famous Valjoux Cal.72 manual wind movement.

The watch was a great success - a true tool watch that allowed pilots to accurately calculate their flight speeds, with the bi-directional bezel with slide rule scale.

As demand for the Navtimer increased, the Valjoux calibers became too expensive and could not be supplied in the numbers required. Therefore in late 1955, Breitling began using the more common and more cost effective Venus cal.178.

The Valjoux Navitimers are the most iconic and wanted. The early pieces have no reference number, hence pre-806. They are very rare and almost impossible to find in this condition.

 

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