Two Giants Meet: Breitling and Boeing 747
Breitling Navitimer Commemorates the Jumbo Jet
One of the most recognisable aeroplanes in the world, known also as the Jumbo Jet, is withdrawn from the production after 52 years. Its legacy will continue to be preserved by the Navitimer pilot chronograph, presented by the Swiss watchmaker in collaboration with the American airline company. As becomes the moment, the watch will be made in a limited edition of 747 timepieces.
Flying with a commercial aeroplane used to be a special event, for which people put on their best attire. The experience matched the occasion which frequently exceeded todays’ standards of flying first class. The Boeing 747 revolutionised commercial aviation and connected the world with long-haul flights more than ever before. Similarly, the Breitling Navitimer model anchored in the hearts of pilots, even to the extent that it was adopted by the American Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and appointed their official timepiece.
Flying with a commercial aeroplane used to be a special event, for which people put on their best attire. The experience matched the occasion which frequently exceeded todays’ standards of flying first class.
The Greatness of the Red Band
To honour the pilots, Breitling added the wings of the AOPA organisation to the dial, and which thus once again return to the logotype of the Swiss brand. The first Boeing 747 was adorned with a band of a vivid red colour on the aeroplane’s tail, which now also shines from the dial of the new Navitimer model. The cream dial is supplemented with black subdials and blue accents, which can also be found on the aircraft.
The inscription Boeing 747 also hides in the red band of the logarithmic calculator. Thanks to this innovation, pilots can now, based on this scale, read the speed, distance travelled, fuel consumption, and other crucial factors. A subtly situated date is found at the bottom of the black subdial.
The stainless steel case measures 43 millimetres and is 13.6 millimetres thick. The watch runs on the house Calibre 01 with a 70-hour power reserve. This is more than enough even for the longest recorded flight made between New York and Singapore. On the back of the watch, to honour the aeroplane that transformed the way we travel, engravings “One of 747” and “The Original Jumbo Jet” are added.
Breitling Navitimer Watches