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Sensing a need for a self-contained wrist instrument for pilots, perfect replica Breitling UK and the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (the AOPA) jointly developed the Navitimer chronograph in the early 1950s. It debuted to the public in 1954. (Much of the literature out there says 1952, but there is healthy debate — and a more than reasonable doubt — about that.) The AOPA immediately adopted the watch as its official timepiece, and this combination of endorsement and the watch’s innate functionality quickly made the cheap fake Breitling Navitimer a favorite of pilots around the world.
At any given point in time over the years, there have been multiple versions of the Navitimer: optional dial colors, straps, bracelets, case material (steel and gold), special and commemorative editions, etc. In 2017, Swiss movement replica Breitling was acquired by CVC Capital Partners, losing its independent status, and the current CEO Georges Kern took over. Recent years have seen the scope of the Navitimer collection expand. The current collection includes designs that broaden the traditional notion of what a Navitimer should be, including non-chronograph, time-only models. The modern high quality copy Breitling Navitimer 01 is reminiscent of the early 806s, but 2019 saw the release of a historically faithful recreation of the 806 that is accurate down to many details, from its case size to the number of “beads” on its bezel.
The current lineup features myriad options, but for true Navitimer aficionados and pilots, the original vintage 806s are what really scratch the itch, whether one’s flying an airplane or a desk. That said, it’s hard to discount almost any version of the watch that spawned a genre (the wrist instrument), and contributed to one or two more (the pilot’s super clone watch and the tool watch). In a world where some argue that all wristwatches are anachronisms, this particular Breitling replica for sale UK flips the bird at that notion and keeps getting better and better.