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Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41

Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 First Look

Days before Baselworld 2018, Breitling holds no punches with a slew of new surprise releases, giving enthusiasts some much needed breathing room after the release of the Navitimer 8 Collection with the Navitimer 1 Collection this morning. The 43mm and 46mm models were still a bit larger and more contemporary than I think a lot of enthusiasts might have expected. Fret not though, Breitling releases 4 more models to the Navitimer 1 Collection that channel some vintage aesthetics, and measure in at a more conservative size (especially for Breitling). The Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 is not only smaller, and dare I say realistically sized, it comes in a little bit cheaper than its larger B01 counterpart.

Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 First Look

Specifications

Brand: Breitling
Model: Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41
Dimensions: 41mm x 14.4mm
Case Material: Steel or two-tone Steel and Red Gold
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire
Movement: Breitling B13 Caliber (Modified Valjoux 7750)
Frequency: 4Hz
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Strap/Bracelet: Steel Bracelet, and Black and Brown Leather
Price & Availability: $6,040 in steel, and $7,710 in two-tone Red Gold

Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 First Look

Analysis

I’m going to come straight out with it  the Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 does a fantastic job of channeling the Navitimers of an older era and fit cleanly and fantastically into the new collection. Where its older brother gives the Navitimer a bit more modern appeal, this watch taps into a vintage vein that I feel will resonate with a more hardcore set of Nav-Heads.

The single toned dial with just the texture to separate the sub-dials takes me back to the earliest releases of the Navitimer (especially the r.806) with the size to match. I’m a little disappointed in the 6/9/12 register layout instead of the traditional 3/6/9 of its great grandfather, but I can’t fault Breitling too much, as I suppose the watches need to have their own DNA  you know, with the re-work of the collection and all. I feel these do a fine job of keeping a more vintage inspiration than say, the later released Navitimer II or 60th Anniversary models – with the added benefit of not coming with a steeper price tag.

Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 First Look

Summary

I think these will definitely appeal to fans of the Navitimer that don’t want to strap a shiny UFO on their wrists. The exclusion of the coveted B01 movement may deter prospective buyers who want an exclusively “Breitling” watch, but the lower cost due to that exclusion and smaller size may make the Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 all that more appealing to new fans of the brand without a spare three grand in their pocket and the wrist of a cave troll.

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Price for the steel models roll in at $6,040, and the two tone steel and Red Gold model at $7,710. Both styles are available with a steel bracelet, but will have a $650 premium. breitling.com

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  • Philip Beresford

    Aside from the new logo, are these really any different to the ‘old’ 7750-based Navitimer? Same case size and same 6-9-12 register layout as before.

    • Drazen B

      Did you read the main text above?

      • Philip Beresford

        Yes, and I still fail to see how it’s any different. Hence my post. The old 7750-based Navitimer was called the ‘Navitimer Heritage’. It was 41.5mm; the same as this one. It had 6-9-12 registers; same as this one. Available in black, blue, and white dial with same colour sub-dials; same as this one. Aside from the logo, this watch is no different.

        • Drazen B

          Yes there are some similarities between the two, but the Navi Heritage was a Special Edition watch, unavailable for some time now. It was also 42mm, which is borderline for many watch enthusiasts.
          The new 41mm size just helps push them over the fence.
          I know it did that to me, personally.

  • gt0279a

    It is so glaringly apparent why the winged logo was important – super
    redundant with the B logo on the dial and on the seconds hand.

    No reason why this one should not have the B1 movement as well.

  • Drazen B

    I can now say something I didn’t for many years…”I want a Breitling Navitimer!”

    At 41mm, nicely done Breitling!

    • Travis Cannata

      ??

  • Playboy Johnny

    What is there not to like on these?

    • IG

      The 7750 and the vomit-inducing 6-9-12 layout?

      • babola

        Internet experts seem to be in full swing today.

  • Pete L

    Shiny UFO – great comparison!

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