At the time, chronographs were a major source of revenue for Breitling but they only had a single pusher to start, stop and reset timekeeping. Young Breitling recognised that this was terribly inefficient so he developed and patented the world’s first two-pusher chronograph in 1934. Their first aviators’ chronograph was released two years later with luminescent numerals and hands against black dials for vastly improved legibility.
“With the Navitimer 8,” said Kern at the launch in January, “we are honoring not only our rich heritage but also our pioneering role in building chronographic instruments. But while the Navitimer 8 pays tribute to our past, it also does something considerably more important. It opens the door to a very exciting future.”
The coherent collection features five models, which draw on the brand’s design DNA and the technical features of the early onboard clocks and pilot’s watches like the iconic Reference 768 with its notched rotating bezel and distinctive triangular pointer: Navitimer 8 B01 Chronograph; Navitimer 8 Chronograph; Navitimer 8 Day & Date; Navitimer 8 Automatic; and Navitimer 8 Unitime.