BREITLING NAVITIMER 806 CHRONOGRAPH Item #1574 Sold
The Navitimer 806 is the most desirable of all the vintage Breitling chronographs and was designed to be a true navigators timepiece. The rotating Slide Rule bezel can be used for calculating distance, time, fuel consumption and other calculations a pilot may need for navigation. Much more useful than a simple timing bezel.
This particular watch was sent by its previous owner to Horological Services in Pennsylvania for a complete restoration. Horological Services is a Breitling Service Center and specialize in Vintage Breitling Service. It is my unstinting that through their relationship with Breitling, they have access to new old stock, original parts. During service this watch received a NOS dial, hands, crown and crystal along with a full movement service. Everything looks great and original and the watch functions perfectly. It comes with a Breitling inner and outer box as seen in the pictures. Also included is a black leather sports strap with a signed Breitling buckle.
The movement is a signed Breitling manual Wind based on the Venus caliber 178. It features 17 jewels and a column wheel driven chronograph. Far superior and more desirable than the cam driven movements. It’s running great and keeping very good time and all chronograph functions working perfectly. The case is signed Breitling #806 in Stainless steel. It measures a Large 41mm excluding the crown. Lug to lug is 48mm. The case has a few minor flaws as shown in the pictures. In my opinion it is in outstanding condition considering its about 45 years old and was a true "tool watch" meant to be used without regard. As mentioned before, the crystal is correct for the Navitimer with no edge distortion. Only the genuine Navitimer crystal will give you clear views to the edge of the bezel. Many have been replaced and have edge distortion. This Navitimer 806 is one of the nicest examples I have seen. A true collector's piece.