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Sold!!! Vintage Serviced Breitling Navitimer 806 Watch AOPA 1967 Panda Dial Pilot CPO

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There are a lot of words to describe this wristwatch, but the best one to sum it all up would probably be "WOW".

It all started when Breitling & AOPA decided to develop a revolutionary watch with a built-in chronograph and navigation computer (sliderule).  Breitling Switzerland has indicated production began in 1952, but it's my strong belief that the first Navitimers became available in 1954. AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) immediately decided to make it their official watch, and in that way the first Navitimer was born with AOPA's beautiful official wing logo displayed on its dial. Per my understanding this is the rarest between the two jet since the AOPA was purchased by the members.

The Breitling Reference 806 Navitimer is easily the most iconic model the brand ever produced and remains near the top of virtually every vintage watch collector's wish list.  Initially developed in the early 1950s, the Navitimer was designed from the ground up to be a function-first tool watch, offering a slide-rule navigation computer function operated by an internally-rotatable bezel.  This incredible feature allows pilots to perform essential calculations on their wrist, long before mobile electronics were available.  While the true functionality of the Navitimer is lost on most of us, there is no question that serious pilots (and astronauts) depended on their Navitimers as serious navigation tool.  It has been said that the 806 created a new category in historical horology of wristwatch or wrist instruments.

When Breitling designed the Navitimer in the early 1950s, the concept of a civilian tool watch was a novel idea. Watch companies produced a few purpose-designed pieces for military use in the early 20th century, but most watches that were sold at retailers were designed with purely fashion in mind. In the 1950s and 1960s, the tool watch market exploded, fueled by the popularity of SCUBA diving and the growing interest in aviation.  Breitling was one of the earliest manufactures to respond to the trend when they released the Navitimer in 1954.

Most passers-by would refer to the Navitimer as a watch, but that’s not quite right. This is a wrist-worn navigational computer. The Navitimer’s most distinctive feature, the slide rule bezel, is used by pilots to calculate airspeed, ascent and decent rates, flight time, distance traveled, fuel consumption and even imperial to metric unit conversions. The Navitimer truly is a computer, and also happens to be one of the best damn looking watches out there. 

In the movie Thunderball (1965), two Breitling watches are prominently used. The first Breitling in the film is a Breitling Navitimer, reference 806, which changes hands several times in the film.

Our Navitimer dates from approximately 1967.  Featuring all-original dial printing. This particular model also features the desirable AOPA logo on the dial, signifying that it was likely sold through the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.


This is a beauty and a very rare Breitling Navitimer 806 with AOPA dial Circa 1967. Defiantly a collector watch. Please look at all the pictures, as they are part of the description. The watch is working, Serviced by previous owner, keeps great time and is part of our new Certified Pre-Owned CPO Program. This is a highly collectible watch. Very few left with this rare movement. Sure, to increase in value overtime, and a great addition to your collection. The condition of the watch is the same as it appears in the photos.  The watch is working.  Contact me if you have any questions first.


 


 

SPECIFICATION

Case

Stainless Steel Case and Case Back.

Case Size

 40,00mm to 41,00 based on how it is measured. without the crown, and 13mm thickness.

Case Back

Stainless steel cover signed.  Snap on. 

Crown

Original Signed B

Crystal

Acrylic with some scratches, 

Bezel:

Inner, Famous Breitling calculating bezel,  some of the numbers have faded due to time. Please see picture for more detail.

Dial:

Rare AOPA Panda Dial. Luminous hands & numbers & indices dial. Has great Lum for the age, very original.  Swiss made Mark. Dial has some fading and spotting.  Please see picture for more detail.

Complication

Seconds, Chronograph, Famous Breitling calculating bezel.

Movement

Manual-winding - Famous Venus 178

Movement Notes

Just inspected and in great shape. Was Serviced and Overhauled by last owner. Come with a Service Warranty!     Please see pictures and as some old movements don't have a very clear marking. Movement is running. Keeps great time see below time testing.

Strap

Come with OEM aftermarket Genuine Leather, and deployant buckle Bracelet (marked Breitling but please check picture since it is after market), Lug Size: 22mm      Please see picture.

Box

Come with Beautiful Vintage Style Box. Or Experts Watches Pouch

Reference #

806

Made in

Switzerland

Water Resistance

No. Please pressure test before water use.

Service Level

  2    (Please see Tab below for details)

Timing Test **

8s/day  In-House Time Test Results (See Service Level Tab)**

Certified Pre-Owned

Passed 25-point inspection. Please see tab below for details.

Warranty

3-Month Service Warranty (Please see Tab below for details)

Notes:

All watch functions tested and operable. Circa 1967

 

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