Dating a breitling
The model also features a special 9 o’clock small seconds subdial providing an additional 24-hour “military-time” display much favored by pilots.
Issued in a 1,884-piece limited series, the watch's 46 mm case bucks the smaller-watch trend in favor of optimum dial readability.
The latest Breitling chronograph is one of those rare marvels of modern horology where a brand's heritage merges seamlessly with current technology.
The new limited edition Navitimer 1884 pilot's watch combines the company's famous circular slide rule dating from 1952, a calendar featuring a pointer-type date display and twin day/month apertures dating from the 1940s, and their state-of-the-art self-winding Caliber 21 movement.
Breitling name is now on all the watches, but the AOPA logo remained on it.
Two groups were fighting in this race : The group of Movado/ Zenith versus Heuer/ Breitling/ Hamilton/ Dubois Depraz.
Breitling confirmed me that this watch is a pre-serie, camming from the very first batch of Navitimer Chronomatic, and this is of course very interesting due to the famous "war" between Zenith and Breitling to know who was the first company to introduce an automatic chronograph ....
The most legendary model among the aviator watches is certainly the Breitling Navitimer, a chronograph with an integrated flight computer, which turned 60 in 2012.
You can find an illustration of such a dial in the richter book, but this is a drawing and not a picture, this drawing have some other mistakes on it You might find some Navitimers 806 with the LIP logo on it , for French collectors I will not tell you what LIP is ;-) , but for the foreign visitor I just remind you that LIP was the biggest french watch manufacturer.
But why should we find some 806 with another brand logo ?