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    Breitling Navitimer AB0910371B1X1 - Main Thread

    This Breitling landed on my doorstep today - care of Breitling Online Team.

    Breitling Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition

    It was ordered Thursday evening and arrived Saturday morning by RMSD. Can't really fault that for service. The delivery box was quite large so I thought to myself - here we go - a limited edition in a HUGE box set





    But then I realised the majority of this was packaging! Underneath all the packages was the 'standard' Breitling sized box within a '59 printed cardboard box



    in which was a



    which itself was the standard brown leather cased travel box



    Within this box was a comprehensive set of documents made up of: guarantee e-card and warranty booklet and holder; instructions for use, instructions for use for the Slide-rule; Card-board Slide-rule; COSC Certificate; Limited Edition Certificate

    Also there is a couple of hang-tags with the watch



    Oh - did you guys want to see a watch? Not before a bit of a history lesson.

    I am not such a WIS to have infinite watch knowledge intrinsically - I did get a few comments on TZ that my reviews are just cut and paste from websites - but I try to make them my own experience but include relevant information from external sources - so I will not repeat the content here - but invite the reader to check these various articles that effectively say one thing: A superb re-edition

    https://www.fratellowatches.com/brei...news-live-pics
    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/breitli...edition-watch/
    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/th...959-re-edition
    https://monochrome-watches.com/breit...-review-price/

    A few key points about the watch:


    Manual Wind (new B09 movement - integrated column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch with 1/4th sec precision - based on the auto B01)
    Diameter: 40.9mm
    94 beads on the bezel - same as the 1959 edition of the Navitimer
    wrt: 30 metres
    Hand-Applied Super-Luminova - colour matched to radium which of course is not allowed in current manufacturing
    High-domed acrylic glass - crystal (not Sapphire)
    Snap-on case back and non-screw down crown
    Black vintage style leather strap with white accents and pin-buckle signed buckle

    Oh - ok then - here are some watch pictures:










    the buckle




    and some idea of the domed crystal




    case back




    I am just timing the watch overnight to check it's within COSC specification - Breitling gives an option to return within 14days if the watch is unworn. But I doubt I will be returning.

    This completes my watch trading and purchases for this year. A SOTC may be due. And perhaps a little more on this watch once I decide to keep it (only thing stopping that would be if the timing was way out)

    Thanks for reading. Martyn

    Last edited by MartynJC (UK); 10th May 2020 at 20:54. Reason: Title change

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    Very nice, looks great. Thanks for the write up.

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    Your will power must be far superior to mine - i’d have it on my wrist first, and the timing checked second!! Looks great.

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    Thank you for the write up and it is a watch I have been admiring recently having been made aware of its existence.

    Just to clarify, had you already pre-ordered this some time ago because I’m just wondering if these are still available due to them being a limited edition?

    I hope to see a wrist shot soon.

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper85 View Post
    Thank you for the write up and it is a watch I have been admiring recently having been made aware of its existence.

    Just to clarify, had you already pre-ordered this some time ago because I’m just wondering if these are still available due to them being a limited edition?

    I hope to see a wrist shot soon.

    Enjoy.
    I managed to get mine via the Breitling website (online) - so jump on the site. I am still on an AD list where I had preordered since August and still not due until November. As our US friends say, “go figure”.

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    Now that looks really nice! Thanks for the write up and the watch photos. Cant think why you would want to even consider moving that on its just the perfect Breitling watch.

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    Finally, a reissue worth buying! This looks stunning, congratulations on the purchase.

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    Definitely a thing of beauty, but I think for me I'd want a reissue of a model with white subdials... everything just looks a bit lost with an all black dial. Still, I may yet change my mind

    With regard to your reviews generally (and any comments you might have received), perhaps it would be helpful to post them after a period of ownership, with these initial responses being more of an "INCOMING" post. In any event, posts about nice watches are always welcome IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Definitely a thing of beauty, but I think for me I'd want a reissue of a model with white subdials... everything just looks a bit lost with an all black dial. Still, I may yet change my mind

    With regard to your reviews generally (and any comments you might have received), perhaps it would be helpful to post them after a period of ownership, with these initial responses being more of an "INCOMING" post. In any event, posts about nice watches are always welcome IMO.
    Tony, perhaps you’ll have to wait for the 1963 re-edition! This is the 50th anniversary model for this year.

    I need to go back and move my ‘reviews’ into the “review” section too. I take your comments on-board.

    M

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    Keeping it


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    A great looking Breitling . Thank you for the write up .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    Tony, perhaps you’ll have to wait for the 1963 re-edition! This is the 50th anniversary model for this year.

    I need to go back and move my ‘reviews’ into the “review” section too. I take your comments on-board.

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    Very nice. Enjoy.
    I think I'd be wanting a '63 re-edition too, as I just don't get along with Arabic dials, but that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomGW View Post
    Very nice. Enjoy.
    I think I'd be wanting a '63 re-edition too, as I just don't get along with Arabic dials, but that's just me.
    Breitling have stated in the blurb that this is the first of the reissue series. They’ll want to take advantage of the reworked B01 (converted to handwound). The 63 will be next I recon.

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    Never really been a fan of the Navitimer models, but that one looks very nice. The hand lumed numerals look spot on, must be a nightmare to do. Congrats on a nice watch.
    Cuidich 'n Righ

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    Keeping it

    Looks even better on the wrist, suits you sir.

    Go on count those numbers up!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    Keeping it

    Looks great on the wrist Martyn :-)

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    Terrific. One has to credit Kern for taking this direction. For years many people have mourned Breitling's failure to do justice to some of the watches in their back catalogue, so this is great to see.

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    Lovely watch, really would like one of these but other priorities. Glad your keeping it, congratulations on a stunner.

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    A fantastic bit of kit that, any more pictures of the domed crystal? Lovely that they still hand apply the lime in this day and age.

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    Excellent review, thanks. I was going to ask you about the crystal but then found the answer within the text. Actually, I do have another question about the crystal. How thick do you reckon it is?

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    I'd love to see one of these in the flesh side by side with the current Navitimer. Hopefully a future get together will see one on display!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    Tony, perhaps you’ll have to wait for the 1963 re-edition! This is the 50th anniversary model for this year.

    I need to go back and move my ‘reviews’ into the “review” section too. I take your comments on-board.

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    Ten years too late, then...

    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluehase284 View Post
    I'd love to see one of these in the flesh side by side with the current Navitimer. Hopefully a future get together will see one on display!

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    Shame as I was at Bicester today, they had a B01 and a ETA Navi in, could have taken that pic for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pembers View Post
    Shame as I was at Bicester today, they had a B01 and a ETA Navi in, could have taken that pic for you!
    Am only 10 mins up the road in Buckingham... Is the Bicester store well stocked in general?
    Will need to visit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluehase284 View Post
    Am only 10 mins up the road in Buckingham... Is the Bicester store well stocked in general?
    Will need to visit...

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    Hard to say as most of them hurt my eyes! They have a fair spread of highly polished case and bracelet variants, and some incredibly expensive ladies models. Couple of Super-oceans, Emergencys and lots of 'Bentleys'.
    No Colt or Premier models that I could see today.
    Worth speaking with Danial the manager if you are looking for something specific.

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    ^
    I'll start a thread with pics next time I'm there👍

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    Another great write up. Always enjoy them.

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    Looks great and even better on your wrist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluehase284 View Post
    I'd love to see one of these in the flesh side by side with the current Navitimer. Hopefully a future get together will see one on display!

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    I’ll try and take a couple of pictures next time I’m in my local AD!

    M

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    Super looking watch

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    Nice review and nice watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by ;5229391
    I’ll try and take a couple of pictures next time I’m in my local AD!

    M
    comparison with current stick handed model: Navitimer 46




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    Great write up OP - These are lovely. Fantastic modern reproduction, just wish I could afford one!

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    Great writeup as usual Martyn!

    I'm a Rolex guy but Breitling is my second favorite.

    Navitimer is up there with Speedy Moon and Submariner. A watch icon.

    Congrats!

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    Cool

    In the spirit of ONE WATCH thread. This one goes out to all 806 re-edition owners!

    Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    In the spirit of ONE WATCH thread. This one goes out to all 806 re-edition owners!

    Mart.
    I gather you're still enjoying it Martyn? This was a very well conceived watch by Breitling I think.

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    I do have a real soft spot for the Navitimers, and this in particular is a lovely looking watch. I've always been concerned that the faces of them are somehow just too big.

    Lovely watch though and congratulations.

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    Great review and interesting read! Thanks for putting the time in and sharing pics!



    Thanks
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    Excellent unboxing and review, thank you for taking the time to share.

    I hope it gives you many years of enjoyment.

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