Fine Watch Club are delighted to offer this charming example of the famous Breitling Navitimer 806 “Twin Jet” 1965. Our example is Gold plated, black dial with white sub-dials featuring “Twin Jet” logo & Serrated Bezel. A truly iconic wristwatch that has become synonymous with aviation and precision timekeeping.
Introduction of the Breitling Navitimer
The Breitling Navitimer was introduced in 1952, initially targeting aviation professionals and enthusiasts. It quickly gained popularity due to its unique design and the incorporation of a slide rule bezel, allowing pilots to perform various calculations. The watch’s design pays homage to Breitling’s strong ties to aviation. The brand has a historical connection with pilot’s watches, and the Navitimer is a flagship model that reflects this heritage. One of the distinctive features of the Navitimer is its slide rule bezel, which enables pilots to perform calculations related to navigation, such as fuel consumption, airspeed, and rate of climb.
Venus 178 Movement
Some early versions of the Breitling Navitimer, including our Breitling Navitimer 806 “Twin Jet” 1965 , are powered by the Venus 178 movement. The Venus 178 is a manually wound chronograph movement that was highly regarded for its reliability and precision. Produced by the Swiss manufacturer Venus SA, the Venus 178 movement was commonly used in chronograph watches during the mid-20th century. It features a column wheel design, which is a characteristic of high-quality chronograph movements.
Breitling’s Commitment to Aviation
The Navitimer remains a flagship model in Breitling’s collection, symbolising the brand’s commitment to precision timekeeping and its historic connection to aviation.
In summary, the Breitling Navitimer, especially those powered by the Venus 178 movement, represents a pivotal chapter in the history of aviation watches. The combination of a slide rule bezel, chronograph functionality, and a rich heritage makes the Navitimer an enduring icon in the world of horology.
Model: Navitimer 806
Case Width: 41mm
Dial: Black with White Subdials
Metal: Gold Plated / Stainless steel
Bracelet: New Aftermarket Tan Leather Strap (22mm)
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Movement: Venus 178