For 2022, Breitling Replica has redesigned its iconic Navitimer Chronograph, which has been a staple of high-end tool watches for decades, originally designed for airliner pilots in the early 1950s. The Navitimer has seen countless iterations over the years and is one of the world's most iconic luxury sports watches. However, under Breitling's current stewardship by Georges Kern, it has not seen a recent makeover. Officially known as the Navitimer B01 Chronograph, the updated Breitling Navitimer for 2022 is available in three case sizes with a variety of different dial options, many of which have never been offered in a Navitimer watch before. The team at aBlogtoWatch got their hands on all the new Breitling Navitimer B01 chronograph watches and below is our take on this modern take on a timeless classic.
For me, the Navitimer has always been a staple of tool watches because of its focus on computational utility. Its central design element is a slide rule bezel, which once enabled pilots to perform various necessary calculations such as time to destination or fuel consumption. The rotating slide rule bezel mixed with the replica watches chronograph offered a small universe of possibilities. Only the smartest and most competent pilots would wear such an instrument on their wrist, and the trained aviation professional's legacy lives on in this Breitling brand watch. With a design DNA perfected long ago, many watch lovers argue, what could Breitling do with a modern Navitimer that had never been done before?