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At 40.9mm – including the beaded bezel – the steel case is a similar size as the first, which probably been considered decidedly colossal for its day. Indeed, even the actual bezel has the very same number of globules – 94 – as the 1959 variant. A minor detail maybe however chronicled exactness is significant with a loyal re-release this way, especially in light of the fact that not all forms of the Ref. 806 had similar number of dabs around their separate bezels. Some had upwards of 125 in the mid 1950s, before hence going down to as not many as 93 in 1960.
The genuine gem here however is the dial with an incorporated slide rule. It is a definite diversion of the first, directly down to the shade of the lume utilized. As per Breitling, this isn’t simply one more instance of ‘fauxtina’ – the brand really invested a ton of energy attempting to get a tone as near authentic as could really be expected. The solitary concession is that they’ve utilized Super-LumiNova rather than radium, as on the first. To be reasonable however, it’s currently unlawful to utilize radioactive radium on watch dials, for to some degree clear reasons.
The all-dark dial with tone-on-tone subdials isn’t just appealing, but on the other hand it’s generally simple to peruse. I say generally in light of the fact that this is as yet a Navitimer and it is as yet showing a lot of data on the dial. Hours and minutes are shown halfway, alongside chronograph seconds. Halted minutes and hours are followed on the sub-dials at 3 and 6 o’clock separately, with running seconds appeared at 9 o’clock. There’s no date show. Just under 12 o’clock is a Breitling engraving in capital letters and an unsigned winged logo. This specific logo was utilized for the European market, while the watches sold in the US had an AOPA-marked logo.
Protecting the dial is a piece of high-domed acrylic glass formed in the very same shape as the first. No sapphire glass here. Truth be told, the solitary genuine concession Breitling has presented with the defense is improving its water protection from 30m. That is still moderately low by present day guidelines obviously, yet apparently anything higher would have required more serious alterations to the case. A major no-no. Same goes for the non-screw bolted crown and strong snapped caseback.
Inside is the new Breitling Manufacture Caliber B09, a manual-injury development grew explicitly for this watch – yet at the same time dependent on the B01 engineering. Confirmed as a chronometer by the COSC, it includes a section wheel chronograph with vertical grasp, offering 1/4th of a subsequent accuracy. Beating at 4 Hz, the force hold is 70 hours when the development is completely wound. The way that Breitling has built up a hand-twisted variant of its in-house type explicitly for this model shows exactly how committed Kern and Breitling are to making authentic vintage re-versions. On the off chance that Breitling’s Instagram page is anything to pass by, there’s additional to come.
Worn on a dark vintage-propelled leather lash with a pin clasp, the Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re‑Edition will be restricted to 1,959 pieces around the world. Retail will be EUR 7,700 including taxes.
You need to salute Breitling, and to Kern explicitly. Not just has he been tuning in to the brand’s clients but on the other hand he’s holding nothing back to give them precisely the thing they’re asking for. It would have been far simpler to make a respect piece that utilized a current development, dial, and so forth All things being equal, Breitling decided to jump into its chronicles, work with an energetic and learned authority and reproduce something really cool. I have no uncertainty each of the 1,959 pieces will sell out. This is a truly incredible watch. It’s comfortable, it looks great, it’s sensibly evaluated and it has certified interest for gatherers and aficionados the same. I simply didn’t anticipate being saying that regarding a Breitling watch.
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