Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Watch’s Day At The Races

  • Some of the images you see here are of the palace exterior and a hublot replica dinner that took place in one of the art galleries - that was a very interesting room to dine in. Horsing is fun and all, but I was most interested in the watches, so I spent some time checking out the Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch that was first announced in 2009. The watch includes and exclusive automatic movement and a slick vintage style dial and case.

    At 40mm wide, this is about as small a watch as you'd want to go to - though the proportions don't make the replica watches feel small. First of all, the case is on the thicker side (which is typical of a chronograph) and the bezel is thin. On the wrist it looks well-sized and demure. Not too small, or too large. A sensible watch, like a good pair of black slacks.

    The movement is made by ETA (of course, since Breitling is in the Swatch Group along with ETA), but has been made exclusively for Breitling. It has a blued-steel Navitimer and ample decor that you can see through the sapphire caseback window. The blued Navitimer is rather neat and the movement reference is the ETA L.688.2 automatic. Featuring the time, 12 hour chronograph in a tri-compax array, and the date, the only issue I have with the movement is that to change the date you need to press an inset pusher located on the case rather than use the crown.

    A thoroughly vintage look that feels fresh in modern materials, the steel case is also available in 18k gold for those that want it, and a few dials (cream with steel indexes and hands, cream with gold-plated indexes and hands, or black with steel indexes and hands). By the way, to avoid confusion, please understand that there are two versions of the Navitimer Chronograph watch that look similar. One is 39mm wide with a smaller feel, and this 40mm wide version. The dials and cases are different, but at quick glance might look the same.

    Breitling uses nicely polished hour indicators and hands. The Dauphine hands are easy to read and have little strips of lume down the middle. Note the dots of SuperLumiNova along the outside of the watch near the hour indicators. The dot style minute markers are retro and fun. Overall, the dial is incredibly simple and understated - a fact you'll either love or hate.For history buffs and those who like to dress-up with looks from the past, the Breitling Navitimer Chronograph is a suitable satisfier, especially given the reasonable price range of $2,750 - $2,950 for the steel versions of the watch.