Robb Recommends: The Breitling Navitimer 1 For Harrods

The legendary pilot’s watch is now available in the London department store’s trademark green

As with diving watches – and unlike a good number of SUV vehicles on the market – the whole point of an aviation watch is that it’s fit for its stated purpose. Even those of us who would no more understand cockpit instruments than we would Ulysses translated into Swahili can enjoy the fact that we are wearing a true adventure instrument: a watch suited to intrepid aviation – albeit it hypothetical – on our wrists.

This is why the Breitling Navitimer, since it was introduced to the world in 1952, with its chronograph function on its outer bezel allowing navigational calculations, been so highly regarded as a bona fide pilot’s watch. And, a limited edition (50 pieces) Navitimer has now been released in emerald green, which will be available only from Harrods.

Inspired by a three-handed Navitimer launched in the 1950s, the piece’s stainless-steel case has a luxurious 18k red gold bidirectional rotating bezel, which contrasts elegantly with the signature green dial and green alligator strap. Hour markers, hour hands and minute hands are all coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that enhances legibility, and the watch also features a red-tipped central seconds hand and a date window at 6 o’clock.

Te Breitling Caliber 17 – an automatic movement with a power reserve of approximately 38 hours – is the watch’s beating heart, and each Navitimer 1 Automatic 41 is water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters/100 feet).

“The emerald green dial adds an intense iridescence to our most iconic watch, which takes its design cues from the 1950s, providing a contemporary twist on a classic model,” remarks Breitling Managing Director Gavin Murphy.

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