One of Breitling’s most famous pieces, the Navitimer, dates back to 1952 when the US Aircrafts and Pilots Association approached the watchmaker about a flight chronograph that could be used to make all in-flight calculations. This was no small feat. This new device had to be able to calculate things like average speed, distance traveled, and fuel consumption. In an age before computers, pilots ran these calculations on their own and they needed a watch that could assist them. First appearing in 1954, the early Navitimers appear incredibly dense, after all, an incredible amount of information needed to be squeezed onto their dials and bezel. As the world of aviation changed, so too did the Navitimer. And even when pilots didn’t need a Breitling on their wrists to make those crucial calculations, they kept on wearing them, as did civilians on the ground.
A classic modern iteration of Breitling's flagship icon, The A23322 hit the Breitling catalog in 2003 and was produced throughout the 2000s. Notable about this reference is the size, for a Navitimer 42mm is really the sweet spot. This is meant to be visible and quickly readable at a glance.
This particular Navi dates from circa 2006, it is in excellent Pre-Owned Condition and is accompanied by its full set of Boxes and Paperwork, it is even on its Original Black Leather Strap.
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Movement: Automatic with 12 Hour Chronograph and Date Wheel.
Timekeeping: Very good.
Service History: Unknown.
Dial: Original Breitling Factory Dial.
Case: Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 42mm/44mm End to End: 48mm
Bezel: Bi-Directional, Slide Rule Bezel.
Water Resistant?: Not Guaranteed.
Strap/Bracelet: On the Original Black Leather Strap with Steel Breitling Buckle.
Lug Width: 22mm
Bits that stand out:
- Excellent Pre-Owned Condition.
- Full Set.
- Very cool Reverse Panda Dial.
- Strap in very good order but is worn.
-Some very light signs of wear.
Overall the Navi is in excellent pre owned condition.