Breitling. An 18k Gold Pilot's Chronograph Wristwatch with Black Dial and Original Certificate
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Breitling. An 18k Gold Pilot's Chronograph Wristwatch with Black Dial and Original Certificate


Breitling. An 18k Gold Pilot's Chronograph Wristwatch with Black Dial and Original Certificate
Signed Breitling, Navitimer, Ref. 806, Case No. 997'513, Circa 1964
Cal. Venus 178 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, black dial, luminous Arabic and baton numerals, luminous hands, inner double time scale, outer revolving slide rule on a silvered chapter ring, three silvered engine-turned subsidiary dials for 12 hour and 30 minute registers and constant seconds, large circular case, ridge-edged revolving bezel, extended down-turned lugs, two round chronograph buttons in the band, snap on case back, case, dial, and movement signed
41mm diam.
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Lot Essay

Accompanied by an undated Breitling Certificat International, Breitling presentation box, and product literature.

Based on the success of the "Chronomat", Breitling and the AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) decided to develop a revolutionary watch featuring a chronograph and navigation tool, the slide rule, allowing pilots and navigators the easy calculation of speed, remaining distances, fuel consumption etc.

The name was a combination of the words Navigation & Timer and the model was available as of 1954 when the "Navitimer" became the official watch of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) and the "wing" logo of the association was added to the dial instead of the Breitling "B".

Early Navitimer models did not have a reference number, and were only engraved on the back with the inscription "Breitling" and the logo "B". In 1955, the reference 806 was assigned and the Valjoux caliber 72 was replaced by the Venus 178. The dial and subsidiary dials were all black, and remained in production with this configuration until the early 1960's when the subsidiary dials were changed to a silvery white color.

Early movements were stamped with the import mark "BOW" for Breitling Watch Corporation of America. In 1957, the importation and distribution of Breitling watches in the United States was passed to the Wakmann Watch Corporation, which used "WOG" as its US import code on the movement, as seen on the present watch.

Accompanied by the original box and instructions booklet, which outlines various calculations a pilot can perform, the present watch is a rare example of a second generation AOPA Navitimer.

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