Breitling Navitimer*** 806 Non-AOPA Beaded*** 1960
BREITLING Navitimer Non-AOPA Beaded Bezel Ref. 806, Circa 1960
Serial: 94XXXX
Circa: 1960
Reference No.:806

CASE: 40mm round, stainless steel, bi-directional rotating ‘Rice Beaded’ bezel with slide rule, Glass in acrylic.
Case back with Breitling logo, 806 model number, stainless steel.

MOVEMENT: Venus Caliber 178, Hand-hound mechanical column-wheel chronograph in perfect working condition, 17 jewels

DIAL: Black dial, Gold applied logo with BREITLING GENEVE above it, running seconds counter at 9 o’clock, silver color slide rule around the outer dial turned by rotating bezel
Hour markers have beautifully aged patina and original hands matching hands.

STRAP: Not Sepcified

CONDITION REPORT: The watch is in 100% original condition. The Dial has naturally aged and the lume has darkened over time without being redone. The large beaded bezel also corresponds to the time period for the serial number.

NOTES: The Breitling Navitimer is believed to have been released in 1954. The name Navitimer is a combination of navigation and timer since the watch was intended for use by pilots. They used the slide-rule to determine fuel consumption and calculate distances. The original Navitimer collection all had an AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) wings logo on the dial as it is believed that this association of pilots collaborated on the development of this model with pilot’s needs in mind. The Navitimer remains the most iconic Breitling model ever produced.

This specific configuration is rare as it mentions Breitling on the dial and means it is a Non-AOPA retailed outside the AOPA network by Breitling itself. The vast majority of the Navitimer were sold via the AOPA and did not mention Breitling on the dial.