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Introducing: The Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic -

Introducing: The Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic –

Fast Take

Yesterday we gave you an early gander at the main new Breitling watch made under the leadership of IWC vet Georges Kern, the Navitimer 8 B01 chronograph . Today we’re once again at it, with a more straightforward watch in a similar new assortment, the Navitimer Automatic. This basic three-hand-and-date watch comes in at a moderately unobtrusive 41mm across (emphatically little by late Breitling norms) and 10.74mm thick. The styling is a lot of old-school Breitling, with a mid-century pilot’s watch feel, though there is an all-dark DLC-covered model that has a slightly more contemporary look than the plain steel versions.

Why This Watch Matters

As we said yesterday, Kern steering at Breitling was the absolute greatest industry information on 2017 (if not the greatest), and it’s intriguing to at last see where he’s taking the brand. The Navitimer 8 assortment is our window into what’s been going on these most recent couple of months and what we can hope to see throughout the next few years. The combination of vintage motivation (this watch is approximately founded on a reference 768 pilot’s watch in Breitling’s archive), quality development and execution (this watch is a COSC-ensured chronometer), meticulousness (the bezel has 60 positions, allowing you to fix up the engraved bolt with the moment markers to time an occasion), and wearability (the measurements make this an extraordinary ordinary watch choice) forecast beneficial things ahead.

Beginning Thoughts

Breitling is a brand that vexes numerous vintage watch enthusiasts. For quite a long time, it was making probably the coolest and most functional chronographs on the planet. However, in spite of the cutting edge brand’s assembling ability, the styling veered into the brash and over-the-top these most recent couple of years. To see Breitling change its course a piece and tack back toward making watches that aficionados of necktie Top-Times and AOPA Navitimers can get behind is refreshing indeed.

The Basics

Brand: Breitling

Model: Navitimer 8 Automatic

Reference Number: A1731410 (tempered steel), M1731410 (DLC-covered spotless steel)

Diameter: 41mm

Thickness: 10.74mm

Case Material: Stainless steel or DLC-covered spotless steel

Dial Color: Black or blue

Indexes: Arabic numerals

Lume: Yes, on hands and numerals

Water Resistance: 100 meters

Strap/Bracelet: Leather lash or tempered steel bracelet

The vintage watch that approximately roused the Navitimer 8 Automatic.

The Movement

Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17 (ETA 2824-2 base)

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Diameter: 25.6mm

Thickness: 4.6mm

Power Reserve: 40 hours

Winding: Automatic

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)

COSC Certified Chronometer

Additional Details: Uses double activity metal ball rotor for the winding system

Valuing & Availability

Price: Coming Soon

Availability: May/June 2018

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Black DLC-covered steel and dark dial

Stainless steel and blue dial

Stainless steel and dark dial