We’ve featured a lot of iconic timepieces on Breitling Navitimer Watches, both new and old, including divers, dress cheap replica watches, chronographs, and others. We obviously go into great depth on a near weekly basis on Omega’s legendary chronograph, the Speedmaster and since I’ve joined the fray, I’ve tried to touch upon most of the key chronographs. So, the other day, while I was playing around in our archives, it came as a surprise to me that we had yet to cover one of the most epic chronographs created: the Breitling Navitimer 806. Today, on #TBT, we’ll endeavor to right that error, though, as I’m going to talk about such fake watches.
We certainly mentioned the Breitling Navitimer 806 in this Summer’s “ Replica Breitling Experts” article, but I really felt that it deserved a chapter in our #TBT series of articles. The Navitimer, introduced in 1954, is still with us today, albeit in an automatic form. It predates legendary chronographs such as the aforementioned Speedmaster, the Rolex Daytona, and the (TAG) Heuer Carrera. It’s not older than Universal Geneve’s Compax, but it has most certainly outlived this collectible piece. So, yes, the Navitimer deserves an article, but today I’ll discuss a rather specific and unusual “Navi”: the rare 1964/1965 transitional model..
I still remember receiving the cheap replica watches for sale and I was really amazed by the size! The Breitling Navitimer 806 comes in at a whopping ~41mm in diameter and has a 22mm lug width; it’s a big one! Aside from the size, the other thing that hit me immediately was all the dial detail. If you’ve read my other articles, then you know that I preach, almost incessantly, about my attraction to simplicity. Well, the Navi is anti-simple. There’s a lot going on, but in a strange way, it’s so complicated looking that it’s cool. No, I’ll strike that; it’s nerdy cool! I mean seriously, an old school slide rule built into a watch? Yes, somehow, in the same way that Breitling managed to produce a perfect, in my opinion, simple chronograph in the 765 CP, they managed to do the same in an extremely complicated form on the 806. And while I have no idea how to use a slide rule, I don’t really care because I really like looking at it.