A chronograph as well known as the Navitimer doesn’t necessarily translate into a time-only watch easily, but Breitling has pulled off a neat trick with its handsome new Navitimer 1 Automatic. (This Automatic 41 follows a 38mm version introduced in 2018, but is even more consistent with the iconic design.) The classic Navitimer, it seems, has such a distinctive look that it is immediately recognizable even without those expected chronograph sub-dials and pushers.
The Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41 retains the beaded bezel and circular slide rule, along with other design traits that now give fans more options in terms of sizing, price, and design simplicity. Even without the chronograph, the distinctive bidirectional rotating slide rule bezel remains useful for a surprisingly wide range of calculations.
In two case versions and a number of dial and strap/bracelet choices, there are no fewer than 11 new Navitimer 1 Automatic 41 references. All have 41mm-wide and slim 10mm thick cases water-resistant to 30m, available in all steel or two-tone models with 18k red gold bezels. Inside, each is powered by a Breitling-branded and chronometer-certified ETA 2824-based automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The new Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41 watches will range from $4,310 in all steel on a leather strap to $6,750 with an 18k gold bezel and a steel bracelet.
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