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Breitling Unveils a U.S.-Exclusive Navitimer Chronograph in a Striking Gray Colorway

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Since its debut in 1954, Breitling’s Navitimer has become one of the most popular aviation chronograph models on the planet, a favorite of pilots and astronauts alike, and known for its striking circular slide-rule bezel to perform in-flight calculations on the fly — the first of its kind — and its admittedly busy dials. And although the brand has been situated in Switzerland since its inception in 1884, there’s been a lot of love for Breitling here in the United States, including by high-profile personages such as legendary NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter and jazz icon Miles Davis. To reciprocate that love, the watchmaker has unveiled a U.S.-exclusive version of the B01 Navitimer Chronograph 46 in a super-cool gray dial.

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Typically, the Navitimer’s busy dials become tranquilized by contrasting colors, which place the three chrono registers and chapter ring in a different hue than the rest of the dial (e.g., white against black). However, for this release, Breitling chose to go quasi-monochrome, with black subdials within the anthracite gray dial. Even the outer chapter ring is black. On the other hand, you do have the white indices and numerals, as well as the 18k red gold material on the hour markers, hands, and notched bezel around the outside. 

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Housed inside the 46mm stainless steel case is Breitling’s Manufacture Caliber 01 automatic movement, which has been employed in the Navitimer since 2009. It boasts 70 hours of power reserve, is COSC-certified, and can be viewed through the open caseback. Other features on the watch include a date window within the bottom subdial, 30m of water resistance, and a black alligator strap with a steel deployment clasp.

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Limited to just 300 pieces, the B01 Navitimer Chronograph is available only to U.S. customers and can be purchased at boutiques or Breitling’s website for $11,900.