Between the 30s and 40s, pilots and observers were taking such huge chronometers in flight that they could not be fastened to their wrists, the Breitling Navitimer Super 8 is a tribute to those daring timepieces.
The new timepiece presented at Baselworld 2018 is inspired by the historic replica Breitling Reference 637 which was linked to the thighs of the bomber crews in World War II. The crown was positioned on the left side of the case and both its prominent dimensions and positioning allowed an aviator to maneuver it even with gloves.
Since the model Reference 637 was tied to the thigh, in Breitling had decided to place the crown in the upper part of the box. The button was used to activate counting and countdown functions that allowed the aviators to complete their missions with precision.
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More details on the watch that inspired the Breitling Navitimer Super 8
Model Reference 637 was created by the Huit Aviation Department of Breitling, founded in 1938 by Willy Breitling. He was well aware of the stringent requirements for military and civil aviation, and the department’s name – the French word “otto” – was chosen to recall the eight-day power reserve guaranteed by the on-board clocks and other instruments. The watches developed by Huit Aviation were also admired for their lightweight speakers and their ease of installation.
Willy Breitling replica watches realized that the pilots worked in demanding and ruthless environments that required instruments that were not only highly legible, but also able to maintain exceptional functionality even in particularly difficult conditions. The Huit Aviation Department developed a series of challenging tests that showed that each of its instruments, including the Model Reference 637, could withstand the shocks, vibrations, extreme temperatures and magnetism that the pilots supposedly had to face and experiment in the cabin. pilotage.