A cool limited edition Navitimer watch to look forward to in the coming months as the Breitling DC-3 begins its world tour. This is a cool journey and will be marked by a cool watch. Certain “privileged individuals” will be joining for certain legs of the flight it seems… wish I was so lucky!

From March to September 2017, the Breitling DC-3 will be doing a grand world tour in several stages, an amazing accomplishment for this legendary plane that will be celebrating its 77th birthday. The crew will not be alone in flying from one continent to the other, since a 500-piece Navitimer limited edition will also be onboard throughout the journey.

Check out the new limited editions DC-3 Navi:

Breitling, in its continuing quest to tactical-ize every watch in its inventory, has released the Breitling Emergency Night Mission. Looks pretty bad-ass actually… like a lot of the black-out models from Breitling lately. I just can’t bring myself to wear blackout watches because I am always worried about scratching them up! Hard to touch them up after that.

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Emergency Night Mission

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The world’s first wristwatch with built-in dual frequency personal locator beacon is now issued in three special editions combining a black titanium case with orange or yellow accents, or a blue mother-of-pearl dial. Three original and powerful looks for this high-tech survival instrument.

Breitling has launched a new Special Edition of the Blacksteel Chronomat. Featuring a super bright yellow dial with black subdials, it creates a superb contrast against the blacksteel case. The strap features the same color scheme, and the style really seems to resonate with Breitling’s new design direction.

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I personally like the style of the more traditional pieces like the Chronoliner and Navitimer, but these watches are pretty cool. I prefer the traditional styles because I find them more timeless – pun intended.

From Breitling:
An exceptional chronograph
A black steel case, yellow dial, tried and trusted sturdiness and a high-performance Breitling Manufacture movement: the Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Special Edition by Breitling is the epitome of boldness.

Breitling vintage-style Chronoliner gets re-vamping in Blacksteel, making it a much different looking watch. Its certainly not really looking like the Breitling Avi that it was modeled after, but has its own sense of personality, while inheriting some of that military stealthiness that seems to pervade every Breitling model that is coming out these days.

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From Breitling:
Black firmly at the controls
The Chronoliner by Breitling is ready for takeoff in a new version teaming its high-tech ceramic bezel with a black steel case, along with a matching dial and rubber strap. A technical and elegant uniform for the authentic flight captain’s watch.

In addition to watches like the Rolex Daytona and the Omega Speedmaster, the Navitimer from Breitling is without a doubt one of the greatest and most important chronographs of all time, given its rich history, rugged beauty, and synonymity with quality. While Breitling produces the Navitimer in wide range of different variants today, it’s worthwhile to look back at the origins of this pilot’s chronograph, to see where the brand’s designers are currently looking to for inspiration.

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The Navitimer’s story begins in 1952, when Breitling manufactured a stainless steel chronograph, with a black dial that featured the emblem of the “Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association”, or as it’s more commonly known, the AOPA. Especially desirable early examples were powered by either the Venus 178 or the Valjoux 72 – both workhouse, manually wound chronograph movements.

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These watches were effectively born out of a partnership between Breitling and the AOPA, since Breitling saw the sizeable interest for a professional pilot’s chronograph equipped with a number of useful scales surrounded by a slide rule bezel, and many members of the AOPA were among those interested. From then on, Breitling would continue to produce both functional and beautiful Navitimer pilot’s chronographs, that would be worn by tasteful collectors, and celebrated by professional pilots. Today, rare vintage Navitimer references will often sell for astonishing prices at auction.

Now knowing that the Navitimer is watch with a storied past, it’s nice to know to that as the brand has progressed through the years and evolved, they’ve still managed to channel the core DNA of what made some of their early watches so great. A watch that supports this notion perfectly is this one – the Ref. K13322 in brilliant 18K yellow gold. Even though this watch has a vertical stack of chronograph registers unlike what’s seen on classic 1950’s and 1960’s pieces, it maintains key details of the original watch, like the scientifically styled, highly legible numeral and scale font, along with the contrasting red accents, and iconic Breitling logo.

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Breitling has also incorporated a number of modern conveniences into the watch’s movement, to give it a reliable and luxuriously hassle-free ownership experiences. These conveniences include a Swiss made automatic movement with a power reserve of up to 42 hours, and a date complication located just between the brand logo and model designation on the glossy dial at 3 o’clock. Pair all of that with a hand crafted crocodile strap, with a Breitling signed buckle in matching 18K yellow gold, and you’ve got an awfully good looking timepiece, backed by years of history and watchmaking tradition.

While collector’s tastes are beginning to diversify more and more in 2016’s watch market, you can never go wrong with a true legend of modern watchmaking, like the Navitimer. Such watches are sure to provide years of versatile wear and perpetual delight for generations to come. You really just can’t beat the classics, can you?

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Author of this Article: Paul Altieri is the Founder and CEO of the popular pre-owned watch site Bob’s Watches.

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