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?