Without a doubt, one of the most iconic chronographs of all time...the Breitling Navitimer 806.
The relationship between Breitling and the AOPA is stuff of legends, "AOPA" meaning Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. In 1952, Willy Breitling developed a Wristwatch that allowed pilots to perform all necessary flight calculations. Two years later, the AOPA selected his design as its official timepiece. This led to the Navitimer, which was “completely designed and engineered to AOPA specifications” originally featured only the AOPA logo at 12 o’clock, unlike later models which would include both AOPA and Breitling logos. Fast forward to 2023 and the Breitling and AOPA torch is still shining bright with Breitling releasing celebration models for the 70th anniversary in 2022.
This particular variant of the 806 dates from 1967 and the Dial as a silver AOPA logo rather than gilded gold was only offered by Breitling for one or two years in the mid to late 1960s. The Venus 178 movement bears import marks for Wakmann, who were Breitling's importers into the United States of America.
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Movement: Manual wind with 30 min, 12 hour Chronograph.
Calibre: Venus 178.
Service History: Fully Serviced March 2023.
Dial: Original Silver AOPA Breitling Dial.
Crystal: Believed to be Original.
Bits that stand out:
- Supreme Quality Venus 178 Movement.
- Designed for Pilots.
- Ridged Bezel.
Overall this Navi is in very nice Vintage condition.