Breitling introduces a limited edition Navitimer AOPA. AOPA? Yes, “Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association”. This association of aircraft owners and pilot’s was founded in 1939 in the United States and is the world’s largest. They’ve chosen the Breitling Navitimer as their official watch and their logo was featured on the dial of many Navitimers in the 1950s and 1960s.
As a tribute to the original 1950s Breitling Navitimer AOPA, the Grenchen manufacture created this limited edition of 500 pieces with the AOPA logo on the dial. It is pretty much similar to those classic Navitimer watches with slide-rule and chronograph dial. You could say that the Navitimer is one of those classic and iconic chronographs like the Daytona, Speedmaster and Carrera. A watch with a lot of history and a huge fan-base.
The stainless steel case of the watch measures 42mm in diameter and 14.6mm in height. As you can see above, the dial has this beautiful matt black color with gold AOPA logo printed at 12 o’clock. It has a classic tri-compax layout with stepped sub dials with a nice grain inside. The date aperture is located at 4.30. In my opinion, the nice thing about the Navitimer case compared to the standard Moonwatch and Daytona is the lack of crown guards. Therefore, the Navitimer case stays elegant and versatile.
Powered by Breitling’s automatic movement caliber 23, featuring a chronograph and date complication. This movement is based on the ETA/Valjoux 7753 and has a 42-hour power reserve. Furthermore, it has been chronometer certified (COSC). The case back is made of stainless steel and bears the AOPA logo together with the number of the watch. The Navitimer AOPA comes either on a leather strap or a stainless steel Navitimer bracelet.
The Breitling Navitimer AOPA comes either on a leather strap or bracelet, prices start at € 6970 Euro. More information on the Breitling Navitimer AOPA can be found here. Breitling has a website that allows you to allocate one quickly and is one of the few brands that actually mentions the price of the watch.