Breitling brings out the big guns ahead of Basel with a reissue of its 1959 Navitimer

Side by side, the Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition and the historical Navitimer Ref. 806 from 1959.

Having focused on the all-new Premier family last year, Breitling is returning to its blockbuster model this year with a faithful reissue of a 1959 Navitimer, arguably the most popular design of a watch that first appeared in 1952.

The Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition is a chronograph that replicates  the design codes of one of the most revered early Navitimers, the Breitling Ref. 806, borrowing details including an all-black dial with tone-on-tone subdials and a rotating beaded bezel.

It will first be seen at Baselworld, priced at $8600, and produced in a limited run of 1959 numbered pieces.


“In the past year, we’ve been thrilled to learn that there are so many people who have always been passionate about Breitling’s legacy and that there’s enormous interest not only in our new products but also in our heritage and our early timepieces. The Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition will give new Breitling fans and people who have followed the brand for decades a chance to own and enjoy their own exclusive piece of our legendary past,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern.

Abandoning a promise last year to use only one version of the Breitling logo, the new Navitimer uses the old Breitling inscription in capital letters and an unsigned winged logo.

It comes in the same 40.9mm sized case in stainless steel housing Breitling’s manufacture Calibre B09 hand wound chronograph movement.


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