Breitling

Navitimer Reference 806, A stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with slide rule bezel, Circa 1970

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In 1952, Willy Breitling was approached by the renowned US Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and asked to create a new chronograph for its members. Breitling decided to develop an innovative wrist-worn instrument that would enable pilots to perform all necessary flight calculations, including average speed, distance traveled, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, and conversion of miles to kilometers or nautical miles. At that time, calculations required a logarithmic slide rule. Willy Breitling therefore adapted the original logarithmic slide rule of the 1940s Chronomat for aviation purposes and integrated it into a rotating bezel, surrounded by small beads to make it easier to manipulate. Thus, the Navitimer was born, and why early Navitimers also feature the AOPA wing logo on the dial. In 1956, wishing to capitalize on the Navitimer’s success within the aviation community, Breitling released what was now called the reference 806. They have constantly upgraded and updated its Navitimer over the years, resulting in many different aesthetic and technical variations. Early Navitimers had all-black dials with a beaded texture on the bezel, but in the 1960s, Breitling released a "reverse-panda" dial with white sub-dials and a white bezel on the edge of the dial. The texture around the bezel was also updated to a more serrated execution. Additionally, Breitling changed the logo on the dial to the "Twin Jet" style, which is what you see on this timepiece. Offered in very good condition, this is a beautiful timepiece with a rich history.

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Case: The case is in excellent condition with nearly no signs of wear and remains unpolished. The case back with protective sticker that has residue around the outer perimeter and is partially lifted. The buckle with the twin jet logo and has light scuffing.


Dial: The dial is in overall excellent condition with lume that has taken on a green hue in the hands and on the dial.


Movement: All functions operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.

Year
1985
Reference Number
806
Model
Navitimer
Complication
Chronograph
Dial Color(s)
Black
Caliber
cal. Venus 178 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement Type
Manual Wind
Case Number
1'361'020
Case Size (mm)
41
Case Back
Snap-on
Band Material
Leather
Clasp Type
Buckle
Clasp Material(s)
Stainless Steel
Signature
Case, Dial, Movement
SKU

BZF9R

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