To infinity and beyond! At least that was the idea behind the Navitimer Cosmonaute, Breitling’s official space-going Navitimer. The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute (get it, like astronaut) was created in the days of early space exploration, those days when going to space and getting there first were the only things that mattered.
So what is the difference between a Breitling Navitimer watch and a Breitling Cosmonaute watch? First the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute has a Flyback mechanism which allows continuous timing with no need to stop; it starts over all by itself. The Breitling Cosmonaute has 24 hour dial division since night and day mean nothing out in space; that way an astronaut won’t be confused between noon and midnight. Speaking of astronaut, the first person to test this new timepiece in real life situations was Astronaut Scott Carpenter. He bought the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute into space during this flight on the Aurora 7 space capsule on May 24th, 1962.
Today, the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute technical specs are pretty impressive and include:
Breitling 22 caliber
self-winding mechanical movement
42 hour power reserve
1/5th second, 30min, 12 hour chronograph with flyback function
28,800 vibrations per hour
38 jewels, dial aperture calendar
3 bar water resistance, bidirectional bezel
non screw-locked crown with two gaskets
screwed in caseback
cambered sapphire crystal with glareproofed sides
41.50 mm diameter
There are six versions of the Breitling watch. My favorite Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute has steel and 18k gold case with silver dial, golden subdials, leather strap, and tang-type buckle, what’s yours?
Obsessed with Breitling Watches? A new book by Benno Richter could satisfy your cravings. Entitled “Breitling: The History of a Great Brand of Watches 1884 to the Present”, this hardcover book is available at Amazon.com for $37.96. The book covers Breitling famous start with the Breitling Navitimer and a calculator which allowed pilots to necessary to carry out calculations during flight. The newly revised book goes through Breitling products starting in 1884 and gives a great look into the company’s 100 years worth of watch making history.
Inside you’ll find photos, old catalogs, advertising materials, and informative text. Another amazing part of this about Breitling watches is the ability to use the reference numbers to locate individual watches chronologically. With 173 pages of exciting history, a Breitling enthusiast will enjoy this amazing journey.
Randy Given, a top 500 reviewer on Amazon.com, gives the book 4 stars and comments:
This has some good stuff, but it is for a mixed audience, so none may be fully satisfied. For horologists, there is a fair amount of movements shown, with many of them “exploded” to show all of their parts. For historians, there is a lot of good old-time advertising and photos. For collectors, of course, you get to see a whole bunch of the product line back over a hundred years ago. The price list is minimal and ten years out of date, so it is not as relevant, but not completely useless either. Still, not a bad offering.
A must read for Breitling watch enthusiast around the globe.
The Breitling Airwolf watch was made for professional pilots in mind. Why? Maybe the 1/100th of a second chronograph with split times, maybe the beautifully engineered alarm and countdown feature, the 2nd timezone and UTC calender? All of these are good reasons as to why the Breitling Airwolf is a professional pilot’s watch. However, the real reason is Breitling’s history with providing aviation professionals with quality timepieces.
The Breitling Airwolf has a stunning backlighting system which allows night-time read-off along with ergonomic curving chronograph push pieces and water resistance of up to 5 bars. The movement of the Breitling Airwolf is astounding including SuperQuartz, thermocompensated quartz electronic, 12/24 hr LCD digital display, and an EOL indicator. At 1/100th of a second, max. 99 days, 23 hrs 59 min, 59.99 sec, this Breitling chronograph is worthy of the best pilots wrist. A bidirectional bezel with pinoin mechanism and a non screw-locked crown with two gaskets and integrated push piece accent with this Breitling watch.
A must for any aviation professional that travels around the globe.
Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 just catches your eye. The new 49 mm-diameter Chrono-Matic by Breitling was designed with accents from the 1960s and 1970s by adding angular lines, geometrical hands, square base, and the simple B symbol at 12 o’clock. My favorite part of the Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 is the red-rimmed totalizers and second hand… they simply jump out as you glance at this Breitling watch.
This Breitling watch reflects back into time, but what’s new about Breitling’s Chrono-Matic 49? Well, the rotating pinion bezel is a black rubber-molded steel construction. One also can not overlook the bracelet, which almost looks like woven metal, and was designed only for the Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 watch. If you really want to stand out from the crown try the Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 watch in a limited edition red gold, only 500 were made.
So what about the technical details of this Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 watch? The Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 watch has a Breitling 14 caliber, self winding and high frequency movement, 28,8000 vibrations per hour, 40 jewels, dial aperture calendar, steel or 18k red gold case, 3 bars of water resistance, rotating pinion bezel, cambered and glareproofed sapphire crystal and both sides. The Breitling Chrono-Matic 49 watch also has a 1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours chronograph.
I love this watch; it’s a Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe with a self winding movement, steel case, black dial, and Ocean Classic bracelet in steel. This Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph is definitely a watch fit for James Bond. The Superocean was launched in the late 1950s as a professional diver’s watch. Like a popular celebrity, the Superocean accumulated a following of diving enthusiast from around the globe. Some Breitling Superocean watches can even go under water at 2000 meters.
This new Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe has “Heritage” in the name for a reason. Just like 50 years ago the new Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe’s dial carries the Breitling signature and is topped by the letter B in 18-carrat gold. Some other interesting features of the new Breitling Superocean is the luminescent triangular tipped hands, Ocean Classic woven steel bracelet, steel case, 46mm diameter, and 200 m water resistance.
Other technical specifications of this Breitling watch include Breitling 13 Caliber, a self-winding and high frequency movement, a minimum of 40 hours of power reserve, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 25 jewels, dial aperture calendar, unidirectional and ratcheted bezel, screw locked crown, and cambered sapphire and glare proofed crystal.
A popular topic for Breitling watch owners is where purchase and how change their Breitling watch bands.
Replacing your Breitling watch band becasue of damage or for a new look is easy.
- Make sure your new Breitling watch band matches the style of your Breitling watch
- Make sure you choose a size that is the perfect fit for your Breitling Watch by using a watch band size chart. Most Breitling watch bands come in 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm. In order to tell which size band you will need for your Breilting watch you should measure the space between the lugs of your Breitling. Lugs are simply where your Breiting watch band attaches to your Breilting watch. If you need help The Watch Prince has a very useful conversion chart that will help you measure distance between the lugs on your Breitling watch.
- Each Breitling band should come with some sort of warranty that protects it in case of damage or simple wear and tear.
- Make sure you are careful when switching out your Breitling watch band, or leave it to your local jeweler. For a step by step guide on changing the band yourself, The Watch Prince also gives great tips including placing your Breitling watch band on cloth or a soft surface before working and using the right tools need to easily manuever the switch.
Aviation and Breitling watches are like a mother and her child, with out one, the other wouldn’t exist. Every watch designed, every chronograph tested, every screw inserted was influenced by aviation throughout their existence.
Taking a look at Breitling history of watch designs cannot not be done without looking at the history of aviation. From 1884 until today, the rich influence of man in the air is not just noticable but clearly evident.
In 1884 the a star was born as Leo Breitling opens his workshop specializing in chronographs and precision counters for systematic and industrial purposes only, soon that passion will be focused on consumers around the world.
In 1891 German Otto Lilienthal, the father of aviation flew 50 meters in his glider. The very next year Leon Breitling relocated to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Mecca of watch making.
In 1913 Aldophe Pegoud, king of the air, loops the first loop in aviation. The next year Leon Breitling dies and his son Gaston takes over the family business. The very next year Breitling consumption with aviation begins as the company led by Gaston creates the first wristwatch chronograph and provides pilot with the first instruments.
Today Breitling continues Gaston and Leon’s vision by continuing the goal of providing aviation employees the tools they need to beat time, and watches that consumers can use for a lifetime.
Breitling timekeeping is no stranger to Bentley cars, and vice versa. The two companies have already joined forces with the Breitling of Bentley watches, a very popular and luxury watch brand… soon after Breitling clocks started showing up in Bentley’s and the two brands have been making sweet music together ever since.
The new continental series of cars by Bentley is no different. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed four door and the Bentley Continental GT Coupe are both new to the Bentley Continental line. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed has a 750 Nm 6.0 engine, it goes from 0 to 100 in 4.8 seconds, and it can max out at 322 km/h.. at $400,000, it’s definitely a luxury.
Of course, the Breitling clock nestles between the two air vents above the GPS navigation system…
Luxury watch sellers are getting pretty creative lately, accroding to Retail Jeweller Magazine, Leicester jewellery retailer Lumbers has found a unique way to display thier Breilting watches. A custom made display.
The display was created by Briley Manufacturing and its basically a 3 sided frame inside glass with graphics and backlighting. Sounds simple, right? No… Birley Manufacturing, who has been provindg the retail industry with interior solutions for 133 years, says that it was the first job like it for its company and that the case was probably the most innovative display you will see. According to them:
“The design and manufacturing process required for this project demonstrates the high degree of bespoke and specialist interior fittings which Birley can offer. The new display replaced a more traditional structure and was installed over a weekend.”
We can’t find a better image of the display or the Breitling watches, but if you are in the area and you happen to be able to get an image of one.. let us know!