In two-tone steel with an 18k gold bezel, the Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm Replica Watch takes on a special personality. This piece is on the rich, padded brown alligator strap, but Breitling also offers it on steel or, hopefully, two-tone steel and 18k gold bracelet in the future. Breitling Navitimer fans are a unique breed of aviation lovers who actually do fly or highly aspire to.
I’ll let you explore that article for more practical information on wearing and owning the Breitling Navitimer 01 – which is clearly one of Breitling’s most iconic models ever. I have personally always liked the Breitling Navitimer 01 Replica but not yet found the model for me. In dive watch terms, the Breitling Navitimer might be something like an Omega Seamaster Ploprof. Sort of a big-sized, nerdy dive watch with a cult following and special function or case beyond that of most other watches of its genre. Sure, there have been plenty of Navitimer homages over the years, but Breitling was the first to put a rotating slide-rule bezel in a wrist watch.
Nevertheless, the Breitling Navitimer Replica is a classic, isn’t it? It has managed to also be one of those hyper-masculine watches that still feels conservative and looks good on the wrists of many different kinds of men. I am also keenly aware that I will likely never actually use the rotating slide-rule bezel. It isn’t that I don’t want to, but rather that my math skills are never going to be up to snuff. More so, I am deeply enough of the digital calculator generation to never have any type of nostalgic feelings toward older “non-electronic” calculators.
The black dial is given gold hour markers and hands too, which helps complete the look. Still, there isn’t a huge amount of gold on the watch which prevents the price from soaring to near all-gold-case levels. They do produce solid gold versions of this Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm. For that, within the aviation watch realm, it will continue to be one of “the” icon watches. Part of being included in that designation is being niche, I feel. As iconic as it is, I still think the Patek Philippe Nautilus is niche in its appeal. It just isn’t for everyone and neither is the Breitling Navitimer.
That latter option has been around for previous versions of two-tone Breitling Replica Watch. On the two-tone bracelet, you get the most “lifestyle” look given the sheen of all that polished metal and glint of gold.