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  • Manufacturer: Breitling
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: AB0910371B1X1
    Case No: No. 132/1959, 4’343’555
    Model Name: Navitimer ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. B09, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Fabric
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Breitling pin buckle
    Dimensions: 41mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Breitling International Warranty stamped Breitling Boutique K11, TST (HK) dated 16th October 2019, Attestation de Chronometer, limited edition certificate, instruction manual, product literature, travel case, and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    When it comes to chronograph wristwatches, Breitling is no stranger to pioneering feats of the complication. In 1915, Breitling was one of the earliest manufacturers to release a chronograph wristwatch. In 1923, Breitling patented the first two-pusher chronograph allowing for the first time a chronograph to time separate, successive intervals without having to reset to zero between each. With already an illustrious heritage of manufacturing chronograph timepieces, it was the launch of the Navitimer that propelled the firm to new heights. The Navitimer is a tool watch in the purest sense. Each element of the watch was designed specifically for accuracy and efficiency in execution. The beaded edge allowed for pilots to grasp and turn the bezel while wearing thick leather gloves. The slide rule, a rather baffling complication to the layman, was critical in making intricate calculations in the pre-digital era.

    In 2019, Breitling released a limited edition Navitimer ref. 806 Re-Edition paying its homage to the iconic example from 1959. Paying full attention to detail, the beaded bezel has the exact same amount of beads as the original example with a total of 94 beads. While the case and dial has been re-created with the implementation of new materials to look almost identical to the original example, a keen eye may notice the domed Plexiglas that was also an important feature to the original.

    Extremely well-executed, the present example numbered 132 is well-preserved and is complete with its full set of accessories.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Property from the Original Owner

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. AB0910371B1X1
A fine limited edition stainless steel pilot’s chronograph wristwatch with slide rule bezel, warranty and presentation box, numbered 132 of a limited edition of 1,959 pieces

Circa 2019
41mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$24,000 - 40,000 
€2,500-4,200
$3,100-5,100

Sold for HK$44,100

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021