Breitling and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association mark 70 year partnership


2022 looks likely to be the year Georges Kern turns his attention to a new generation of Breitling’s most iconic watch, the Navitimer.

It was 1952 when Willy Breitling developed a wristwatch that would help pilots make calculations vital to their flight, and two years later that the American Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) selected his design as its official timepiece and the Breitling Navitimer was born, and AOPA put its logo on the dial.

The 70th anniversary of that association with AOPA is being marked next year with a jointly funded new scholarship for young pilots.


“Back then neither Breitling nor the AOPA could have imagined the significance of this partnership and its mark on the world,” said Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “But it has resulted in a watch that is so much bigger than a watch. It’s an icon.”

“We have quite a shared history with Breitling, going back to our original partnership on the original Navitimer in the 1950s,” said Mark Baker, president of AOPA. “I’m thrilled to keep this important and strong relationship going, setting the stage for more exciting projects together. We greatly appreciate Breitling’s commitment to AOPA and general aviation.”

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