Breitling
Navitimer AOPA
Ref.: 806

Developed in 1952 Breitling Navitimer was the first tool-watch to feature a rotating bezel that holded the ability to compute distance traveled, flight time, airspeed, and remaining fuel consumption due to the integration of a slide rule.

These features made this watch so much useful among pilots that first Navitimers were produced just for the members of the Aircraft and Pilot Association (commonly referred to as the AOPA).

These early 806, often referred to as “pre-806” due to the absence of the reference, were powered by a Valjoux 72 manually wound chronograph movement.

Was just in 1956 that Breitling released what we now call ref.806, this time powered by a manually wound Venus 178 movement.

The present watch, made only for the American market, features both the AOPA logo and Breitling brand name on the dial.

The gilt dial is preserved in crisp condition, with clear graphics and no signs of ageing.

The case size and shape is sharp and the engravings on case back shows no signs of polishing.

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Specifications

Case: 40mm stainless steel
Case back: Original case back, “stainless steel, Breitling, 806” engraved on the outside, “91xxxx” engraved on the inside
Bezel: Stainless steel
Bracelet: High quality black leather strap
Dial: Black gilt dial, white outer scale
Movement: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels
Reference: 806
Year: ca 1959

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