Understanding the Breitling Navitimer 8 B01 – with its Historic & Strategic Background

By rolex
June 18, 2021
7 min read

[email protected]/p/Be-l_4snlVV/”[email protected]/watchfred/”[email protected]/embed.js”> As you can see, there have been watches with the name “Navitimer” imprinted on the dial with very surprising styles. Concurred, this was surely not something common and the Navitimer assortment was most importantly a pilot’s watch assortment – and the new Navitimer 8 is as a matter of first importance a pilot’s watch. However, on the off chance that you look in more established lists, not all Navitimer watches highlighted a sliding standard all things considered. Most were unquestionably pilot-arranged, yet the 1970s and the 1980s brought some more unique watches. For example, take a gander at these two watches beneath – both are quartz/digital, both element fascinating shapes, one even comes without the sliding rule.

Naturally, we can discuss the authenticity of these watches. They unquestionably aren’t the best instances of what Breitling has created before. However, what we need to exhibit here is that the Navitimer isn’t just one model yet an idea on which the brand currently needs to underwrite: the pilot’s watch. The Navitimer, as an assortment, will to be sure incorporate the Navitimer 1 – the chronicled model with a sliding standard – and the Navitimer 8, an alternate, marginally less complex and more utilitarian interpretation of the concept.

Looking intently at the new Navitimer 8, there are as yet a couple of subtleties that unite the connection between this new watch and the “historical” Navitimer. For example, the carries (that you can plainly see above) embrace a similar in general shape as the current model, yet they are somewhat more compact. We leave you to choose whether or not this “Navitimer 8” sobriquet is important, but rather now you have the apparatuses to make up your mind.

What does the Navitimer 8 

Interesting question… What does this watch mean for Breitling – aside from the way that it addresses deals and edge (clearly)? On the off chance that you take a gander at what the brand is today, you’ll see that it appreciates monstrous global acknowledgment. It is perhaps the most impressive names in the watch business. At any rate it is in the Western piece of the world. Breitling is fruitful in Europe (Germany and France, for example) just as in the US, where huge pilot watches (the Navitimer first) sell well overall. However, it shouldn’t be failed to remember that the ebb and flow blockbuster in the assortment is the Superocean Heritage II, furnished with a Tudor-based movement.

Breitling, in any case, has a shortcoming: Asia. Watch brands can’t disregard Asia, which is probably the biggest market on the planet, if not the biggest. However, the brand’s deals in this locale are a lot of lower than in Western nations. The Breitling Navitimer 8 is a potential response to this issue. More modest, or if nothing else more comfortable on the wrist, less hardcore-aeronautics oriented, somewhat more current and more inconspicuous, it is planned (however not just) to acquire piece of the overall industry in Asia. Notwithstanding that, the number 8 isn’t completely blameless (8 is a fortunate number in China).

Finally, the Navitimer 8 is likewise another interpretation of the brand’s roots, still aeronautics arranged, less no-nonsense however. We imply that this watch is a touch more “mainstream”, a smidgen to a greater extent a group pleaser, ready to converse with newcomers and not simply the individuals who definitely know the brand. Breitling will keep on assembling the exemplary Navitimer with a sliding principle under the name Navitimer 1 – and we definitely realize that new forms will be disclosed at Baselworld 2018 – and the Navitimer 8 will be acquainted as an expansion with the flight assortment, not a replacement.

The Navitimer 8 B01 itself

Let’s presently take a gander at the Navitimer 8 itself. As we’ve clarified, this watch makes them breitling DNA in its veins and it is plainly enlivened by avionics. It is, be that as it may, another interpretation of the idea. Not any more sliding principle, hooks or completely cleaned arm bands here. The Navi 8 is more downplayed, more in accordance with the current market. This doesn’t imply that we’re not before a hearty pilot’s watch.

The release we decided to take a gander at, the one furnished with the B01 fabricate chronograph development, best characterizes the thought behind this assortment – recollect that no under five unique models are presented ( see here ). It has a decent width of 43mm – and in that, it is as yet a Breitling – nonetheless, the case is for the most part brushed and includes more limited carries. This implies a more utilitarian look and feel, just as a watch that, regardless of its strength (13.97mm thick), stays wearable in any event, for men with slimmer wrists or more youthful customers.

This version, which should be the lead just as the most “luxurious” variation, includes a few cleaned highlights looking into the issue – pushers and crown, bezel, sides of the drags. This gives a more “upmarket” feel to the watch, without making it excessively ostentatious. This B01 adaptation is accessible in a few variations – on a steel arm band, on cowhide, with a blue or dark dial, or in gold with a bronze dial. A fascinating point concerns the water-obstruction. While more established Breitling watches are known for their helpless protection from outer components, the watches are water-impervious to 100 meters making it a pilot’s watch that can likewise be utilized to bounce in the pool.

The dial is a “reversed panda” style – which will be a particular element of all chronographs with in-house developments, while the Valjoux-based watches will have a monochromatic dial. Much the same as the case, a utilitarian decision has been made. No more B on the stabilizer of the second’s hand, no applied files, basic yet decipherable numerals, clear railroad tracks. The hands, with their faceted profile and cleaned surface, give a more unique look.

Inside the instance of the Navitimer 8, there are no curve balls. We locate the effective, current and all around tried B01 development. This in-house type is an incorporated chronograph, with section haggle grasp, a cutting edge and technically interesting combination that is utilized for top of the line developments. The 70-hour power hold is comfortable and type B01 is, as consistently with Breitling, COSC-confirmed. The development is obvious through the sapphire case back and is charmingly completed, with Geneva stripes, perlage, and cleaned bevels.

Note: the watch in this article is a model. The lash gives indications of premature wear, particularly between the hauls. This issue will be addressed on creation pieces.


What would we be able to finish up about the Breitling Navitimer 8? To put it plainly, it is a very much idea, all around delivered and all around valued pilot’s watch. It was likewise a significant shock for the brand’s fans, just like a fairly sensational difference in procedure, just as being a totally new plan. Surely, this isn’t a watch made for long-term, no-nonsense gatherers. It is a watch that is intended for people in general everywhere, a watch made to satisfy a bigger crowd, to acquire piece of the overall industry in (nearly) neglected territories.

Before commending or accusing Kern and his group, we need to perceive what the brand will present sooner rather than later. We realize that the new group is chipping away at both the legacy and the future, just as reproducing the connection between the two. There’s some work to do and finding the correct harmony between satisfying fans and vanquishing new customers isn’t simple. More subtleties on www.breitling.com .