Breitling Navitimer 1461 Limited Edition Blue Watch Hands-On

Breitling Navitimer 1461 Limited Edition Blue Watch Hands-On

Breitling Navitimer 1461 Limited Edition Blue Watch Hands On   hands on

For 2013, Breitling has released a very attractive blue version of the already rather rare Navitimer 1461 model. An interesting item, we take a hands-on look at this stunning piece. Let me address something first. If other watch writers are anything like me, there is one particular request (aside from “what watch should I buy?”) that annoys us. That is to write an article or sum up current “watch trends.” This is what happens when watches get mixed into the abyssal pool that is fashion, which apparently needs to reinvent itself each quarter else something chaotic happens – such as a mass neglect of wearing clothing amongst otherwise civilized human beings. The majority of watches I prefer to pay attention to are designed to look cool forever. Perhaps not all are timeless, but they have appeal (and ideally longevity) beyond this season.

If you’ll notice, we tend to not write about “fashion watches.” A segment of typically inexpensive watches so unfairly named because they make actual fashionable watches look bad. “Fashion watch” is a polite term used to describe most of the illegitimate wrist trash unsuitable for people with much taste or knowledge. It isn’t about money either, if your budget is $200 there is plenty out there for you too that isn’t a rapidly cobbled together design using elements from 12 popular “big name watches” into a final result that even Frankenstein would shun. So allow me to sum up: “fashion watches” aren’t fashionable, and I am sorry to report there aren’t new magical “watch trends” each few months that merit an in-depth round-up of exemplary pieces. How does this tie into the Breitling’s limited edition Navitimer 1461? It doesn’t, but by mere virtue that the watch is blue – and so are a few others this year- means it will be the unfortunate victim of being of being put into some “blue watch round-up.” Worse yet, I may even be among those people cajoled into penning such an article.

Breitling Navitimer 1461 Limited Edition Blue Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Navitimer 1461 Limited Edition Blue Watch Hands On   hands on

Just because the Navitimer 1461 has a blue dial and comes with an optional blue strap does not alone mean that it has anything in common with other blue watches. Imagine if I did an article about ten completely different cars that just happen to have black paint jobs. Would I have any reason then to assume the color black somehow ties these otherwise disparate vehicles together? No. So a little advice for consumer publications that feel it necessary to cater to your watch brand advertisers in the form of editorial, please don’t have a fashion editor dream up ways to discuss what is new in the world of horology with your readers. This will no doubt result in a not-so-lengthy discourse of the timeless virtues of the color orange.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest and hopefully saved many watches from round-up abuse, I’d like to return my gaze to this lovely new watch from our high-flying friends at Breitling. The Navitimer collection ideally requires no introduction. If it does, allow me to point you to our descriptive article here on how slide-rule bezels work (that features a Navitimer). While that article won’t shed light on Breitling’s history with flight, it will help explain what made the Navitimer so popular in the pre-digital calculator age. Today, the slide-rule bezel is still taught to at least some pilots (confirms astronaut Mark Kelly). You may find it interesting to see how this instrument works even if you never end up having a chance to use it. Always good to be prepared right? Most other Navitimer watches are outfitted with a movement that tells the time and has a chronograph. The Navitimer 1461 is a bit different though.

Breitling Navitimer 1461 Limited Edition Blue Watch Hands On   hands on

23 comments
bradley_young
bradley_young

Having seen this in person at the Breitling boutique, it needs to be said that this dial is a truly amazing color. It has a chatoyance that just makes it pop, especially when it moves. Static pictures can't capture it.

marbstiu
marbstiu

It doesn't hav the B-01?

Fuhgeddaboutit

NoleenELT
NoleenELT

I thought an annual calendar does need to be adjusted every year at the end of February when it's NOT a leap year?

Dimitro
Dimitro

Hello,

si the watch In pictures is a replica or actualy an original one ? I noticed 2 smalls buttons on the left edge, what are they? Is this appear on authentic Breitling?

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Good article and I like blue watches.

Breitling looks to be hoping this piece of anachronistic aviation wear will be all the rage in the "Poseur Pilots Lounge."

Bar scene:

"WOW, nice watch. Like are you a pilot or something?"

"Why yes...yes I am. Would you like to see my cockpit?"

"Tee hee hee...giggle giggle"

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Even though this 1461 Navitimer has more stuff on the dial (as ever, too much), it looks less gross to me than the Navitimer 01 which has white sub-dials. So this new one, even with all of the sub-dial indications, seems almost a bit more subtle (OK, really less overt) with its matching sub-dial background. 

And did Ariel mention its BLUE? Wow, what color will they think of next? I remember on 'Married With Children" when Kelly named a color "Bleen". Asked if that was a combination of blue and green, Kelly replied, "No, its blood and speen". Now that is the sort of inventive thinking that the "Fashion Watch", oops, "Passe Watch", industry needs.

bluzer
bluzer

Ariel, if you just write 9 more articles about blue watches, you'll have your round up without having to admit to it ;-)

shirer
shirer

There are over 85 separate numbers on the face.  That's ridiculous.  The face reminds me of The Matrix movie with those sheets of numbers.  Illegible and confusing.  

Tekky
Tekky

Ariel, how many drinks did you have before writing the first few paragraphs? ;)

That's the most cluttered face I've seen in a long time.  The complication may be cool, but with the stubby hands and over-busy markings, it resembles a cheap Honda with oversized muffler, low profile tires, chrome (but not alloy) wheels, dark tint and a booming woofer, rather than the Porsche (or Acura NSX) it could have been.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

woah woah woah - hang on a minute. This watch is ok and the article was great, but I need to clarify something - I wanted a 1997 Mclaren F1 in black. I couldn't find one (or... afford it...), but I did find a 1990 Toyota Corolla in black, so I bought it - their both black. You're saying its not the same basic car?

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Breitling still has the talent for producing the most ugly slide-rule based watches i've ever seen.  I love blue, but blue doesn't save it.  That white ring will never look good - it's like white piping on your early-eighties tracksuit - so terribly uncool and dated.  If you need the functions and don't mind finding your way around that bird's nest of markings then go for it.  My eyes would feel better if I scoured them with wire wool than looking at this thing for prolonged periods.  The one bit I like (but wouldn't find very useful) is the moonphase.  That part of the watch, and the text underneath, looks classy.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Keep the blue ones coming Ariel! Although I prefer the simpler Navi Blue Sky, there's something about blue tool (i.e. not dress) watches that I find very appealing--this and the blue speedmaster would look fantastic for the Winter 2013 collection (kidding!)

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Dimitro Yes it is an authentic Breitling Navitimer. aBlogToWatch does not review fakes/replica watches.

As was mentioned in page 2 of the post: 

"Inset pin pushers around the case (four of them) are used to adjust either the date, day of the week, month, or moon phase)."

So, the buttons you asked about are to adjust the date indications on the sub-dials. Perhaps you did not notice that the review was 2 pages long.

Cheers

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@DG Cayse And here I thought the line was, "Yes I am. Would you like to wrap your hands around my stick and be a pilot too?"

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Kris C Were they both featured on the same "Xtreme Black is the new Black" article of GQ in 1997? If so then congrats! If not, well....

Dimitro
Dimitro

Thank you for your answer. I Will be more concentrate next time. I promess.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Dimitro No problem. It is easy to miss details like this when reading a post. Best regards.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@DG Cayse "No, I'm Sparticus." I think we've digressed a bit from the watch review...