Published on April 26th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Breitling Navitimer 1884 Limited Edition
Issued in a 1,884 piece limited series, the Navitimer 1884 celebrates the year that Breitling was founded. A tribute to Breitling’s rich history, the Navitimer 1884 limited series combines the famous 1952 aviation slide rule with a calendar featuring a pointer-type date display and twin day/month apertures for which the brand was renowned in the 1940s. The conquest of the air, with the circular aviation slide rule that made the Navitimer the cult watch among pilots and dedicated aviation enthusiasts.
Useful, user-friendly functions, with a complete calendar displaying the day and the month through twin apertures at 12 o’clock, and the date by means of a central pointer tipped with a moon crescent: a system known as Datora that became a 1940s Breitling bestseller.
Technical and powerful designs, with an all-black dial made using the “par épagne” technique on a solid silver base enlivened with red accents. Performance, with a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the benchmark in terms of reliability and precision.
This model features an interesting practical detail in the shape of a 9 o’clock small seconds subdial providing an additional 24-hour “military-time” display much favored by pilots and which also facilitates calendar adjustment by distinguishing between day and night. Issued in a 1,884-piece limited series, this Navitimer 1884 stands out with its generous 46 mm case accentuating the character of the design, as well as optimizing dial readability.
Breitling Caliber 21, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, self-winding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels
1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Calendar with date hand and twin day & month apertures
Steel (limited series of 1,884)
Resistance to 3 bars
Rotating bezel with circular slide rule
Cambered sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides
Diameter: 46 mm
Leather, crocodile leather, rubber Navitimer/ Navitimer