Breitling Honors Original Jumbo Jet with Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Boeing 77

Breitling Honors Original Jumbo Jet with Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Boeing 77

Adrienne Faurote
By Adrienne Faurote February 1, 2023

Breitling pays tribute to Boeing as the last of the 747 airliners roll off the production line with a limited edition Navitimer.

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Boeing 747

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The legendary Boeing 747 revolutionized air travel and the new Breitling Navitimer celebrates its greatness.

Dubbed the “Queen of the Skies,” the Boeing 747 changed everything since its inception in 1969. With two aisles and two decks, the Boeing 747 could carry double the passengers of the next-largest jetliner and fly more than 5,000 nautical miles. The Boeing 747 went on to revolutionize commercial aviation, putting long-haul flights within reach of a new generation of air travelers and connecting the world like never before.

Now, as Boeing gets set to deliver the last 747, Breitling is commemorating the game-changing aircraft with a special-edition Navitimer, limited to 747 pieces.

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“What better way to remember a revolutionary jumbo jet than with a revolutionary pilot’s chronograph,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “The Boeing 747 brought style to the skies, just as the Navitimer brought the spirit of aviation to style-savvy watch enthusiasts.”

The Navitimer, developed by Breitling in 1952, was originally conceived for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). It would go on to become the de facto pilot’s watch throughout the golden age of civil aviation, with its defining circular slide rule that could perform all in-flight calculations.

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The new Navitimer Boeing 747 features the AOPA logo at 12 o’clock, representing its heritage as a pilot’s chronograph. The colors on the dial echo the palette found on the original Boeing 747, captured in its cream dial with black subdials and red-and-white slide rule with blue accents. The “Boeing 747” name is subtly integrated into the slide rule’s inner scale. The watch also features an integrated date window at 6 o’clock. It’s available on a black alligator leather strap or seven-row metal bracelet.

The open caseback reveals the exceptional Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. This movement offers approximately 70 hours of power reserve and is backed by a five-year warranty. The caseback contains the special engravings “One of 747” and the phrase “The Original Jumbo Jet” – a poignant tribute to an aircraft that, over more than a half century of service, opened the skies and changed the way we travel. The 1574th – and last – Boeing 747 will be delivered this year.