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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: 1960
    Reference No: 806
    Case No: 825’403
    Model Name: Navitimer “AOPA”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 178, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Regarded as an important pioneer in the field of chronograph timepieces in the early 20th century, Breitling was one of the earliest manufacturers to introduce a chronograph wristwatch. In 1933, the firm was the first to patent a two-pusher chronograph wristwatch, which allowed wearers for the first time to operate a chronograph to time separate, successive intervals without having to reset to zero between each interval. Since its important patent, the firm introduced another chronograph wristwatch that would develop a cult-like following, the Navitimer.

    Introduced in 1952, the Breitling Navitimer is perhaps one of the most quintessential professional tool watches of the 20th century. Evolving from the 1942 Breitling Chronomat, the Navitimer similarly incorporated its signature slide rule bezel, hence its similarity in aesthetics. Designed for aviators, early examples of the Navitimer featured the double wing “AOPA” (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) logo on the dial. Referenced 806, it was the first Navitimer reference introduced with examples bearing the “AOPA” logo made only for the American market further confirmed by a “WOG” import stamp on the balance cork which stands for Wakmann Watch Co, the official Breitling authorized agent in the United States of America.

    The present example of a Breitling Navitimer ref. 806 “AOPA” from 1960 is a beautiful specimen of the much loved professional chronograph tool watch confirmed by Breitling via its serial number confirming the present example from a batch of ref. 806 manufactured in June 1960. Presented with a well-preserved dial with superbly aged luminous numerals and hands, it is further charmed by an unpolished case boasting its crisp edges and desired bevels, a rare trait itself for early examples of the model as they were heavily used as professional tools. Early examples of the famed model are among one of the most highly sought after models manufactured by the brand. The present example is a great opportunity for collectors and lovers of aviation and horology to acquire a supreme reference manufactured by the pioneers of the two-pusher chronograph wristwatch.

  • Maker Bio

    Breitling

    Swiss • 1884

    The firm started by Leon Breitling in 1884 is best known for its technical aviation and oceanic watches. Today, all models are outfitted with certified chronometer movements, used for accurate timing. Early aviation pioneers in specialized chronograph timepieces, Breitling introduced the circular slide rule to watches in the 1940s for use by pilots. The firm’s most iconic chronograph, the Navitimer, was introduced in 1954 and continues to be manufactured today. Another key model is the Duograph, a split-seconds chronograph that was Breitling's most prestigious wristwatch during the 1940s through '60s. Their watches are built on their reputation for precision and sturdiness.

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Breitling

Ref. 806
A fine, attractive and rare stainless steel pilot’s chronograph wristwatch with black dial and “beads of rice” slide rule bezel

百年靈,「Navitimer “AOPA”」型號806,精鋼計時腕錶,備黑色錶盤,1960年製

1960
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$38,000 - 78,000 
€4,400-8,900
$4,900-10,000

sold for HK$68,750

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

WatchesHK@phillips.com

 

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020